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Practical System Thinking Principles - Part II

System thinking principles are foundational truths that are applicable for analyzing complex systems across a wide range of applications. Building on the first 3 principles shared in the previous post, let's explore 2 more principles that help understand and design life systems....

Complex systems are all around us and interact with us daily, from mechanical to cyber-physical and all the way to socio-technical systems including businesses, governance and other types of interconnected elements and relationships. System Thinking allows us to manage complex systems by breaking them into manageable sizes while keeping sight of the whole; focusing on the behaviors that define such a system driven by the interactions within the system, and between the system and its environment. While complex systems are often challenging to analyze, some underlying principles anchored to a holistic view of systems cut across various types of systems and help with understanding existing systems, designing new ones, or fixing broken systems.