A Whole Systems Approach, Part 05/14: What Purposeful Steps are Needed in Each Part?

NOTE: This is a fourteen (14) part series written by Ed Brimmer. I'm reposting his series here, with his permission. For all posts in the series, click here. Thanks for visiting! Lou Hayes, Jr. 

In Part 4 of the Series I gave an example model of what the boundaries & interfaces are of a whole system & their parts. The model provided a way to see the interdependencies between all the parts such that if you remove one part you would not have an organization but something else all together. In this part of the series we are now going an abstraction layer down into each part to understand their are steps which need to occur in each part as the steps are also interdependent with all other steps in the whole system. For example, if demand management steps or supply management steps are done wrong they will affect the downstream steps in delivery management. If steps are done wrong or not at all to build a psychologically safe environment then delivery steps will not enable people to speak up when they really should to prevent major quality issues. By defining a whole system and its parts we can now observe steps in that system to critique how well we are doing as a whole. As noted in the previous post pulling parts out will no longer reveal a whole organization. The same thing happens as well if we do the wrong steps in each part which is why we need to go to this abstraction layer. Critique/support welcomed.


To begin at Part 01 of the series, click here

To advance to the next Part 06, click here.


Author: Ed Brimmer. Biography coming soon.


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