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Question: Why did you attend the Forum?
But seriously, there are far too many reasons
for me to enumerate here. I'll give you a few, though. I went to meet John
Pourdehnad; to see the many friends I've made from previous Forums, and to
enjoy some wonderful meals with them; to share some of what I've learned over
the years and to learn more."
Many great people, ideas and models to better
To continue my growth in systems thinking. Touch base with friends
New thinking. New networks.
Had heard about it since its inception, and knew
Bill Bellows, wanted the opportunity to attend to learn and finally had a
chance to do so.
Continue learning about areas/subjects not
covered elsewhere. Great price
point. Great friends, locals as well as
international. Also wanted to learn how
to better "flow passion in2 action and unleash the power" of group
I'm a member of.
To continue my learning about systems thinking
and how to work more effectively with my systems.
Because I enjoy the interplay of thoughts and
thinking. Also, I was part of the Forum
To get ideas, to explore new ways, to improve my
Realize more creative means of innovation and
To learn more about systems thinking and the
Because it is fun!!!
Question: What was important to you?
Everything was important to me; even the meals.
However, what I really cherish is the opportunity to spend time with a bunch of
fairly like-minded people in the pursuit of truly useful knowledge. That's my
platitude and I'm sticking to it!
New connections, friendships, intellectual
The deeper simpler understanding of the ideas
The people who attended were very special. I
wish to be connected with them.
Just being at Rocketdyne and meeting all the
different participants was fascinating.
I really wanted to make sure that the audience
felt the passion that was generated in the room.
See question 1, also continuing to broaden my
perspectives by seeing more of what I wasn't.
I want to learn more, enough to bring back to my organization and teach
The diversity of the speakers and participants.
Learn how to take the theory into practice with
Listening to various speakers
Systemic and relational approaches·
Discovering something that I could take back and
apply in my career.
Meeting the people!
Question: What would you have liked to have seen at the
There were 3 things I would like to learn/discuss
1) If Systems
thinking is so great, then why isn't readily adopted by the system? What are the roadblocks? Why do they persist? What do organizations/people do to
successfully address them?
information on the effectiveness and pit falls of division of labor (1+1 =
?) Data and studies would be good on the
ramp down and ramp up time of transition v. divisional labor.
3) More enabling
IT solutions and tools that support systems thinking e.g. the wiki was
More great people. More younger people.
It was great as is.
More interaction with the audience.
I loved what I saw. I think the only thing I would have liked to
have seen more of is the small sidebar discussions, seems like they were more
in depth last year, but could be because it was my first year.
always have trouble deciding between the competing sessions.
Couldn't think of anything else, other than more
time for more presenters or the triple-tracks doubled up to be able to hear
more than one topic.
Maybe more Q&A type sessions.
More personal applications
Some examples of the real world benefit of using
Workshops the focused on solving real world
problems with new tools and expert help.
Question: Did you experience any "a ha" moments
or special connections during the Forum? If so, please enter comments about
your experiences below.
As much as I have been a proponent of using
Wikis, Ann Majchrzak's Keynote presentation on Saturday morning opened my eyes
to the possibilities of "The Wiki Way" even more.
I solved a conundrum I didn't even clearly knew
I had! I realized that assumptions are upstream of values in people who have
not consciously looked, while the opposite is true for those who have.
Several important new connections occurred. I
enjoyed the music and the learning that can occur during practice.
Yes, during Bill's Enterprise thinking -- customer service is
overrated and the focus on variation management not always variation reduction
I really enjoyed the "humor" in some
of the presenters presentations!
"There are 4 personality types, Variation
Psychology behind change, never seen that
anywhere, great insight, including a similarity to the grieving process-a
different kind of change.
Impact of straightening out the spaghetti into
neatly organized rows....also made organization less functional"
During Bob Pratt's presentation his comments
about individual responsibility and how that relates to the interconnectedness
of our systems.
My "a ha" moment came during the
Saturday post-lunch keynote by Paul Morgan. It was that we make the world the way we want.
"I had many ""nuggets""
of ""a ha"" moments.
Besides the ones I previously mentioned the Practitioner Panel provided
a good culminating moment for many others.
Belief values are the core of the Profound Knowledge
of Deming. Creating change requires
Need for Allies.
Create the Vision for others to attach
Integrate vs Direction.
Question : Please provide any other comments, feedback or
thoughts you would like to share with us.
Thanks to all the volunteers who make the Forum
a "must attend" event on my calendar
Great job by the organizing committee.
The "Passion" was flowing throughout
the whole weekend forum.