Feeling a little worried about getting the new Student Information System working for your department? Wondering how you can deal with your new tightened budget through improving your current systems?
Then come out and learn how the best minds in the world solve systems problems. JP Vainio, long time Agile Users Group member, will be teaching us "systems thinking" - a well developed method for understanding and continuously improving systems. Here's his description:
Systems thinking - a way to optimize everything you do
Analysis is defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary as “separation of a whole into its component parts”. While this scientific method has served us well, it has a few important shortcomings which become apparent in situations where parts have many interdependencies. One working definition of a system could be that “it is a whole that can not be divided into independent parts”. This means that properties of a system come from how the parts interact with each other - NOT from how they act separately. Therefore traditional reductionist analysis does not capture the essential properties of a system. Systems thinking is an approach that focuses on how system’s parts interact. Complex systems are everywhere so systems thinking can be applied to almost any area of study or problem solving: e.g. economics, public policy, organizations.
We are going to “kick the tires” of systems thinking with Monty Hall Paradox and then continue to other examples “closer to home”.
I bumped into this delightful Nit Wit animation on systems thinking. I will include it here for a good laugh.
Judy on behalf of the Agile Organizing Committee
(Michelle Bautista(CSS), Kim Carl (VC - Research), Jon Conhaim (TPO), Judy Dobry (Grad Div), Devin Jones (Law), Marlita Kahn (IST), Wendy Pennell (EECS), Donna Seaward (Haas), Kendall Moalem (CSS) and Ken Sumikawa (SAIT))
Agile Brown Bag FAQ
Who can come to the meetings?
Anyone with an interest in Agile is welcome at the meeting. We learn by having everyone from Agile neophytes to long time users share their knowledge and experience.
Do you have to register beforehand?
No registration is required. Just come to the meeting. But for this meeting I would really appreciate an email RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough room.
How can I get more information about the meetings?
Please get in touch with the meeting coordinator, Judy Dobry ([hidden email]).
Do you have a Web site?
agile.berkeley.edu is our web site. It has all kinds of materials for both new and experienced agile users
How do I add myself to your mailing list?
Go to http://agile.berkeley.edu.
Do you have any other Agile activities?
We have an hour long introduction to Agile that we are happy to present to any campus group that requests it.
Who organizes all this?
We have an Organizing Committee that anyone is welcome to join. Current members include Michelle Bautista(CSS), Kim Carl (VC - Research), Jon Conhaim (TPO), Judy Dobry (Grad Div), Devin Jones (Law), Marlita Kahn (IST), Wendy Pennell (EECS), Donna Seaward (Haas), Kendall Moalem (CSS) and Ken Sumikawa (SAIT)
-- Judy Dobry Director, Systems Graduate Division 302 Sproul Hall UC, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 510 642 1131
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