Feedback Loops Exercise

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Identification
Alternative names: 
Systems Thinking
Level of process: 
Method
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Intent or purpose: 
To practice using feedback loops to analyze a business situation. and to experience the power of understanding a business from a systems thinking perspective.
Used as component of: 
A Systems Analysis of business issues
Types of Participants: 
People new to systems thinking
Recommended size of group: 
11-25
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 - 4 hours
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
A set of examples of feedback loops applied to different situations.
Level of participation: 
Highly participative
Potential Pitfalls: 
It is a bit complex and requires practise.
How is success evaluated: 
Participants can apply the feedback loop to real business situations.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Specialized skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
This requires a pretty logical thinker
Setting and Materials: 
team tables, print out the working sheets.
Resources Needed: 
additional examples
Procedures: 

See file Feedback Loops Exercise under Complex Systems

How flexible is the process?: 
At first it is not very flexible but as people gain knowledge it becomes more flexible.
Follow-Up Required: 
Additional practise session
Background
Developer: 
Jon Jenkins
Derived from: 
Senge, P. M. (1990). The Fifth Discipline, New York: Doubleday Books.
References: 
Senge, P. M. (1990). The Fifth Discipline, New York: Doubleday Books.
License Model: 
Open
Suppliers
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
Trainers: 
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Facilitated Systems Everett, Washington United States
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