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    Questions and Exercises on Systems Thinking and Fact Finding

      Practice Interview

      Interview another person in class -- what can you find out about there goals and plans for this class? Report back -- briefly to the class on your partner.

      Five Basic Components

      The initial letters are (in alphabetical order) -- D, H, P, R, S. What do they stand for. Invent a mnemonic (word or sentence) that can help you recall them.

      A recent famous system failure -- Orca November 2012

    1. Here is a page [ http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/11/inside-team-romneys-whale-of-an-it-meltdown/ ] describing a notable failure of a project in 2012... Which types of components did the developers ignore that lead to failure?

      The LIBOR Scandal -- People in Systems

      What was the system supposed to do? What did it actually do? How would you fix it?

      Drawing diagrams

      Starting with

      [A digraph representing a system]

      Redraw it to represent this system: [ sarsat-system-peb.jpg ] by putting with words on the nodes and arrows and invented icons to replace the nodes. You can also use funky arrows...

      System Development Environments

      1a. List the names of the phases in the traditional Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

      1b. Define in a sentence or two, what is done in each of these phases.

      1c. What is different about an agile life cycle?

      Maintenance

      2a. When is Maintenance done?

      2b. List five (5) types of maintenance.

      Fact Finding

      3a. Describe 3 different techniques used in fact finding .

      3b. Name the 5(five) types of components in a system .

      3c. Describe a common way that each type of component is changed .

      3d. What are SPORTs? and why do you look for them?

      Operations Phase

      4. What has to be done to keep an operational system operating?

      Stakeholders

      5a. What is a stakeholder?

      5b. Give 3 examples of types of stakeholders.

      Systems Theory

      6a. Draw a diagram of immediate effects showing a teacher and a student in a class.

      6b. Give or invent an example of feedback control in teach-student system.

      Thinking outside the box

      How many different ways can you compute the mean and standard deviation of a small sample of data?

      Do the math

      7. Explain
    2. There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who know binary and those who don't.

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    Abbreviations

  1. TBA::="To Be Announced".
  2. TBD::="To Be Done".

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