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Systems engineering: Challenging complexity
Systems engineering: Challenging complexity

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3.10 Systems techniques

The two systems methodologies provide a framework for the application of problem solving, analysis and design techniques. These fall into three groups.

  • Diagramming: ranging from single systems maps to complex flow charts. Diagrams of one sort or another provide a method of analysis, design and communication.

  • Modelling: simulation is used extensively to analyse the dynamics of an existing system and to predict the behaviour of a proposed one. Financial models are created to justify expenditure.

  • Creativity: solving problems, large or small, requires creative thought. Various creativity techniques are commonly used in systems work.