Systems Thinking

Course Code
SysTh-Custom

Systems thinking is an approach that encourages us to view problems as parts of an overall system with interconnected relationships, rather than reacting to specific parts in isolation. In systems thinking, cause and effect is cyclical rather than linear. This framework recognizes that the world is a set of highly interconnected technical and social entities that are hierarchically organized, producing emergent behavior.

  • Learners Any Level
  • Time Client definable
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Program Type Customizable Programs
  • Certificate Type Certificate Available
  • Format Blended
  • CEU/PDU Available
  • Fees Group Rate

Systems thinking is an approach that encourages us to view problems as parts of an overall system with interconnected relationships, rather than reacting to specific parts in isolation. In systems thinking, cause and effect is cyclical rather than linear. This framework recognizes that the world is a set of highly interconnected technical and social entities that are hierarchically organized, producing emergent behavior.

Systems Thinking

Program Experience

In this course, you will learn the basics of systems thinking, language, and concepts, and identify specific classes of system organization often inherent within complex problems. Anticipate potential issues, understand opportunities for improvement, and implement effective and sustainable solutions. Through a series of real-world case studies and hands-on projects and collaborative workshops, you will gain the proficiency to approach any problem with a sytems-strategic lens. 

Benefits

Your team will learn to:

  • Apply the language and concepts of systems, systems thinking, and complexity, and understand their implications for systems development

  • Identify specific classes of systems and system organization inherent within complex problems

  • Relate systems to their environment and other interfacing systems and personnel

  • Understand complex problem situations and maximize the outcomes achieved

  • Avoid or minimize the impact of unintended consequences

  • Employ systems thinking in strategic planning, change management, decision making, and problem-solving

  • Align teams, disciplines, specialties, and interest groups against system goals

  • Understand the role of performance measurement, and select quantitative and qualitative measures that communicate a historical and forward view of performance

Topics
  • Introduction to Systems: Basic Principles

  • Types of Systems

  • Hierarchy of Complexity

  • System Viewpoints

  • Synthesis, Analysis, and Inquiry

  • Concepts, Principles, Patterns

  • Systems Thinking in Product Development

Who Should Attend

Professionals who design, develop, and maintain complex products and systems, systems engineers, chief engineers, project managers, and program managers.

Instructors

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Tony Freeman

Innovation, Project Management, Systems Engineering

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Rick Hefner, PhD

CTME Executive Director

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Jim Hines

Project Management, Systems Engineering

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Rob Renner

Project Management, Systems Engineering