System Dynamics and Causal Loop Diagrams 101

Reading causal loop diagrams can be a little counter-intuitive. It will be important to understand how to read them in order to understanding the dynamic quality of the models that will appear in subsequent posts. The interactions between the various elements and the effects of those interactions on stocks and flows are typically represented by … Continue reading System Dynamics and Causal Loop Diagrams 101

Root Causes

The sage business guru Willie Sutton might answer the question “Why must we work so hard at digging to finding the causes to our problems?” by observing “Because that’s where the roots are.” Digging to find root causes is hard work. They’re are rarely obvious and there’s never just one. Occasionally, you might get lucky … Continue reading Root Causes

Achieving 10x

Crossed paths with an old but still relevant conversation thread on Slashdot asking “What practices impede developers’ productivity?” The conversation is in response to an excellent post by Steve McConnell addressing productivity variations among software developers and teams and the origin of “10x” – that is, the observation noted in the wild of “10-fold differences … Continue reading Achieving 10x