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System Understanding overview

System understanding is the third step on SiD Method
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System Understanding

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System understanding comes through repeated exposure to and different ways of thinking about the system you are trying to analyze. The best ideas come to us in a relaxed state, so to understand your system, try the following:

Relax & ReflectThis step is all about calm analysis of your system, as well as about confronting your own biases.

Play & LearnHere, you can try letting complexity sink in by means of play. Think about role reversal or purposefully designed, serious board games.

Talk & ReconsiderExplaining your project to somebody who’s not familiar with it can create much-needed clarity.

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