I am reading a book by Garteh Morgan called “Images of Organization” – the central idea behind this book is that we view organization from various views/metaphors, such as burocratic organization, organization as living organism and etc. And I especially liked this statement about rules in organization when viewing it from Organization as Political System metaphor: “… What is the real significance of the rules? Although their formal¬†purpose may be to protect employees, customers, or the public at large, they alo are there to protect their creators…”. How often we observe the situation when some accident has occurred and a special commission, assigned to investigate this accident, makes conclusion that it happened because of broken rules. But, the point is, “… that broken rules that accompany that accident have often been broken thousands of times before as part of normal work practice, since normal work is IMPOSSIBLE without breaking the rules..”. Morgan is damn true, we may successfully manage projects without all those GPs and SPs of CMMI, but if we fail the project – audit team is the first to tell us that this happened because rules were broken…

I really recommend everyone to ready Morgan’s book!

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The art of systems thinking

January 21, 2007

Hey there!

I am now reading a great book about systems thinking called “The art of systems thinking” by Ian McDermott & Joseph O’Connor. It introduces reader to systems thinking and is really interesting. One of the great things is that authors are using simple language to describe complex things.

So, I recommend it to everyone. Systems thinking helps us to take a look at our life, business from different point of view – from systems point of view. Systems are everywhere and in order to success we need to use systems approach when evaluating things and solving problems of everyday life.

I have heard a lot about system thinking skills from my teacher at Moscow State University, but had no idead what it means – now I do. The book is really interesting.

If anyone here is interested in systems thinking and in dynamic modelling – feel free to contact me. I am doing a research for my PHD to model business processes of my company in Ithink (software for dynamic modelling) and use this model to teach employees, project managers in particular.

Here are the links:


English version

Russian version

P.S. For all us looking for simplicity: compare the links for English & Russian versions – which link is easier, huh?