- Series: Solution Engineering
- Paperback: 584 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (August 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1515235300
- ISBN-13: 978-1515235309
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,260,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Holistic Thinking: Creating innovative solutions to complex problems (Solution Engineering) (Volume 1) 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Joseph E. Kasser has been a practicing systems engineer for 40+ years and an academic for about 15 years. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), an INCOSE Fellow, the author of “Perceptions of Systems Engineering”, “A Framework for Understanding Systems Engineering” and "Applying Total Quality Management to Systems Engineering” and many INCOSE symposia papers. He is a recipient of NASA’s Manned Space Flight Awareness Award (Silver Snoopy) for quality and technical excellence for performing and directing systems engineering and other awards. He holds a Doctor of Science in Engineering Man-agement from The George Washington University. He is a Certified Manager and holds a Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology. He has performed and directed systems engineering in the UK, USA, Israel and Australia. He gave up his positions as a Deputy Director and DSTO Associate Research Professor at the Systems Engineering and Evaluation Centre at the University of South Australia in early 2007 to move to the UK to develop the world’s first immersion course in systems engineering as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Cranfield University. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore.
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It might not be the best introduction to Systems Thinking. Try Thinking in System by Donella H. Meadows, or The Art of Systems Thinking by Joseph O'Connor.
What I love about Dr Joseph Kasser's book is the structure, how holistic it is on thinking more holistically. This is a gem. If this became a best-seller, the world would become better place.
Cut out a couple of brainless media consumption and give this book 15 min here and there. Leave it out on the living room table. Don't be afraid to just skim through it, but do it often. And take the tools and ideas with you into everyday life and over time you will be coming back for more.
"Holistic Thinking" is a very comprehensive book containing many examples and eye-catching graphics. It is composed of ten main chapters and organized in three parts: Part-I provides the thinking and communications tools which are used to create and communicate innovative solutions to complex problems. Part-II covers the problem-solving aspects of creating innovative solutions to complex problems. Finally, Part-III provides examples of innovative solutions to complex problems and shows how the forward-looking perspectives go beyond systems thinking, contributing to innovative solutions.
"Holistic Thinking" is a massive book (566 pages). This is not a fiction or a novel which may be read sequentially from cover to cover. The author suggests skimming the book, flipping through the pages and reading anything that catches one’s eyes. My own approach is to alternate between the table of contents/figures and the actual texts or graphics.
This is an excellent book, dealing with the mechanics as well as the spirit of Systems Engineering endeavor. The book can be used as a source material for graduate and postgraduate courses and is highly recommended for engineers of all disciplines as well as to first and second line managers in engineering-related organizations.