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How do you use a systems approach to your everyday work?

  • 1.  How do you use a systems approach to your everyday work?

    Posted 02-03-2020 14:43
    Plot Points is a podcast by ASCE that tells the robust story of civil engineering one episode at a time. The podcast is in Season 3 and is looking for answers for their Member Memo questions. An upcoming question is the following: How do you use a systems approach to your everyday work?

    For those for may not be as familiar with the term, a "systems approach" is defined as a line of thought in the management field which stresses the interactive nature and interdependence of external and internal factors in an organization (http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/system-approach.html)

    If interested in a chance to be featured on a future episode of the podcast, record your answer as a voice memo on your phone (60 seconds or so) and email it to ascenews (at ) asce.org with "Member Memo" in the subject line! I submitted an answer to one of the featured questions during Season 1 so feel free to respond here or message me with any questions about the process.

    If not interested in recording a voice memo for the podcast, I would love to hear about how you incorporate here! Part of our system where I work is that the entire bridge group meets every Monday morning to forecast hours for the week. We may not always stick exactly to those hours, but it gives a general idea of expectations of the week.

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    Danielle Schroeder EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Associate Engineer
    Pennoni Associates
    Philadelphia PA
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  • 2.  RE: How do you use a systems approach to your everyday work?

    Posted 02-05-2020 14:28

    A systems approach is certainly a very useful concept and method that can be applied to many fields.
    As I see it in broad outline – a system is conceived as a collection of objects and the interactive processes within it. It is selected for the convenience of description and analysis – as an entity defined by its boundaries through which it interacts with the surroundings. The surroundings can be other systems, or generally the outside relevant processes.



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    Dr. Dilip Barua, Ph.D, P.Eng, M. ASCE
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Website: https://widecanvas.weebly.com
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