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Thinking in Systems December 14, 2009

Posted by Deval Delivala in Uncategorized.
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Not the most fun read compared to other books on the list. It gives a very basic explanation of how to think in systems. The first part of the book she explains the different components that make up a system and how to think of variables and feedback loops. The second part of the book explains why systems are not perfect and what are the external factors that need to be considered when thinking in systems like non linearity, non-existent boundaries, and layers of limits, ubiquitous delays and bounded rationality.  It definitely gets more philosophical towards the end. So even if it is seems like an engineering reactor where everything depends on the inputs and outputs it is very subjective. It depends on so many variables and how one defines the system, where one draws the boundary etc. It is definitely a good place to start reading about systems thinking but it does not provide with tools etc on how to go about modeling a system.

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