A system is a group of things which interact together to produce a behaviour over time1. The elements of a system can be other systems. And often are. Because of their abstract nature, it's often difficult to define the boundaries of a system, and overlaps between multiple systems are common.
This complexity and interconnectedness makes systems resilient to change - which can be an advantage or a disadvantage. Depending on your perspective.
- Change can be hard within a system
- Thinking in Systems - Donella H. Meadows
- Note-taking system
- Create note-taking analogies for manipulating ideas
- Complex Systems are built from simple pieces
- Systems thinking encourages a holistic view
- Systems thinking focuses on viewing a given system as a whole. Through the recording of the interactions between stocks Through the recording of the interactions between stocks, flows and feedback loops an understanding of a system can be built up over time. Giving a simplified, holistic view which can be used to develop a good mental model for that system.