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Planning Studio

Praxis division [Statutes]

Constituting experience

Director: A. Perdicoulis

Studio

Undertakings Professional Fields Projects Support Alternatives Juniors
Code

Experience

Systems Planning℠ works well because it is being prepared carefully through R&D over many years, building on the knowledge of both systems and non-systems paradigms. At the practical level of application, refined methods and custom-crafted techniques make the work not only sophisticated and insightful, but also natural. By intent and design, Systems Planning℠ is far more dialectic, soul-searching, and contemplative than its mainstream counterparts.

Storyline:  Situation  •  Breakthrough  •  Experience  •  Competence  •  Community  •  Knowledge  •  Commitment

Original Undertakings

Élan · Understanding

Quality Systems Planning℠ undertakes original work such as innovative prototyping as well as constructive reviews and revisions of systems, processes, and plans, setting itself apart from mainstream praxis by valuing understanding as the indispensable foundation of knowledge, and thus becoming a select alternative to heavyweights such as the Balanced Scorecard, Design Thinking, and Business Analysis.

Facets:  In a Nutshell  •  Spirit  •  Élan  •  Investment  •  Exclusivity  •  Reliability  •  Founder/ Trustee

undertakings Prototyping prototype Review review Revision revision

Activity perspective: Original undertakings

undertakings

Activity perspective:  Activities  •  Dynamics  •  Workings  •  Stance  •  Curiosity  •  Programme  •  Undertakings  •  Alternatives  •  SIG  •  Community  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Thematic perspective:  Expertise  •  Practice  •  Cause  •  Missions  •  Activism  •  Subjects  •  Lectures  •  Workshops  •  Pro Utilities™  •  Clubs
Spatial perspective:  Development and anchorage  •  Academic visits and fellowships  •  Outreach Seminars℠

Deployment Suite

Original Undertakings
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Deployment suites:  Undertakings  •  Document Publishing  •  Web Publishing  •  Software Publishing  •  Specialist Workshops™  •  Scholarly Clubs™

Deployment Routines

Prototype Modelling
Concepts OmniGraffle TexShop
PDF Expert

draft model

exploration

typesetting

proofreading

Document Review/ Revision
PDF Expert Concepts OmniGraffle TexShop
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original text

extracted model

exploration

typesetting

proofreading

Deployment routines:  Undertakings  •  Document Production  •  Web Media Production  •  Software Production  •  Workshops  •  Club Events

Prototyping

prototype
Explicative Causal Thinking Creation of content (ideas) with displayed reasoning in appropriate communication media — conception and formalisation of new mental models of systems, processes, or action initiatives (e.g. projects, plans, policies, strategies). The recommended method for this prototyping is explicative causal thinking (ECT).
conceive register report visualise develop create design
Utility/ Examples
Inducers   youthful minds Company in jeopardy urgently needs to conceive a ‘rescue strategy
Manager wishes to know, register, and/ or report the ‘current situation
Consultancy in impact assessment wishes to visualise causal relations
University needs to develop a new ‘student recruitment strategy
NGO seeks to create a new ‘sector-specific’ development policy
The EU needs to design a ‘fair for all’ immigration policy
Applied R&D Projects
Viewport Design   Graphic SWOT   Process Layout Cockpit Wiring — System–Plan prototyping [Viewport Design™]
CIV Assessment 2018 — System–Process prototyping [Graphic SWOT™]
LDF Transform — Process prototyping [Process Layout™]

Review

review
Diagrammatic Causal Analysis Discovery of shortcomings in (a) content and/ or (b) reasoning and communication — diagramming and qualitative simulation of documented mental models of systems, processes, or action initiatives (e.g. projects, plans, policies, strategies). The recommended method for this review is diagrammatic causal analysis (DCA).
check review seek simulate appreciate assess
Utility/ Examples
Deciphers   youthful minds Presidential candidate wants to check the coherence of the campaign
Prime Minister wants to check the ‘causal structure’ of a policy proposal
Local government resolves to review their strategy-making procedure
City council seeks how side-effects could arise from the new housing plan
Board of trustees want to appreciate their internationalisation strategy
University department needs to ‘test-fly’ and assess its publication policy
Applied R&D Projects
EIA Light   Process Layout Foz Tua power lines — EIS review and revision [EIA Light™]
BIT Culture — Process review and revision [Process Layout™]

Revision

revision
Diagrammatic Causal Analysis Rectification of shortcomings in (a) content and/ or (b) reasoning and communication — applicable to reviewed mental models. The recommended method for this revision is diagrammatic causal analysis (DCA).
increase efficiency curb risks tweak raise effectiveness improve
Utility/ Examples
Deciphers   Inducers   youthful minds Prime Minister wants to ‘see the efficiency’ of public worksbeyond statistics
Town hall seeks to contain the environmental risks of their development plan
International firm wish to ‘test-fly and tweak’ their latest business strategy
Board of directors require ‘more effective’ policy-making procedures
The EU needs to improve its current immigration policy
Advertising agency decides to update its attitude to change
Applied R&D Projects
EIA Light   Process Layout Foz Tua power lines — EIS review and revision [EIA Light™]
BIT Culture — Process review and revision [Process Layout™]

Professional Fields

Quality   extension Systems Planning℠ encompasses a range of professional fields, including core industries with formal planning praxis (e.g. city, state, enterprise) and extended industries with more relaxed rules or informal planning praxis (e.g. civil society). Quality is esteemed in all applications of Systems Planning℠.

fields Organisation Field/ System Operation Field/ Process Design Field/ Plan

Thematic perspective: Applications — fields, industries, and sectors

professional field layout

Activity perspective:  Activities  •  Dynamics  •  Workings  •  Stance  •  Curiosity  •  Programme  •  Undertakings  •  Alternatives  •  SIG  •  Community  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Thematic perspective:  Expertise  •  Practice  •  Cause  •  Missions  •  Activism  •  Subjects  •  Lectures  •  Workshops  •  Pro Utilities™  •  Clubs
Spatial perspective:  Development and anchorage  •  Academic visits and fellowships  •  Outreach Seminars℠

Core Industries/ Formal Planning
urban public business project information impact

Urban & Regional
Planning

Public
Administration

Business
Administration

Project
Management

Information
Management

Environmental
Planning

Extended Industries
science engineering medicine law journalism literature cuisine

Science

Engineering

Medicine

Law

Journalism

Literature

Cuisine

Field Overview

organisation
Organisation Field    differentiation manifesto
system
Typical focusSystem
Typical praxis — organisation dynamics/ governance
Special theme — sustainability studies
Sample projectsLDF Transform; AAP Overhaul
Sample lecturesOrganisational Engineering
Sample workshopsReverse Blueprints™
operation
Operation Field    differentiation manifesto
process
Typical focusProcess
Typical praxis — plan/ project management
Special themes — deployment, impact assessment
Sample projectsFoz Tua power lines
Sample lecturesProject Management II
Sample workshopsProcess Profile™
design
Design Field    differentiation manifesto
plan
Typical focusPlan
Typical praxis — sectoral/ strategic planning
Special theme — environmental planning
Sample projectsSyros; Aleu; EATIA
Sample lecturesResearch Theory and Methodology
Sample workshopsStrategy Board™

Differentiation Manifestos

differentiation manifesto
Building Wholehearted Mental Models
Situations — The complexity or ‘obscurity’ of situations hinders both understanding and control, so their appropriate handling requires method, experience, as well as attention. This is hard, specialised, and attentive work, and also takes time — i.e. the ‘right way’ is tiresome and expensive — but well worth the investment. After all, who needs a half-hearted job?
Systems — Laying out a situation or state of affairs as a ‘system’ raises issues of viewpoint, aggregation, and dynamics — some of them of political, and others of technical nature. Negotiations and open-mindedness help, while hidden assumptions hinder a healthy mental-modelling process. ‘Point thinking’ is awkwardly inadequate, while computational relations are markedly artificial.
Resolution — Facilitated mental-modelling is a group challenge; through argument visualisation it achieves understanding of otherwise obscure ‘mechanisms’ and alternative points of view (as well as interests); through common exploration it promotes healthy communication, search, and debate. Indeed, cutting through complexity and obscurity ends up being a deeply satisfying experience.

organisation

Testimonials:  The ‘Systems Thinking’ book  •  The ‘Building Competences’ book  •  The ‘Furthering EIA’ book  •  Workshops
Differentiation manifestos:  Education  •  Organisation field  •  Operation field  •  Design field
Simulated illustration:  ‘The sound of success’/ Competitive Advantage™

differentiation manifesto
Preparing Operations in Appropriate Detail
Variability — The scientific exploration of natural processes is formal and employs registers such as chemical equations or time charts. On the other hand, humanly managed processes — i.e. operations — have registers (e.g. procedures, protocols, workflows) of varied formality: e.g. informal in social contexts, formal in business contexts, and demanding in the medical profession or the aerospace industry.
Predicament — Specialists aside, or those who ‘have got it right’ with general techniques for coordinating operations (e.g. project management), a number of organisations still have daedalian communication protocols, legendary procedural confusions, and consequently delays, frustration, and waste of precious resources as well as opportunities. Such situations can only improve.
Resolution — Deciphering or designing processes requires a clear definition of sequence (i.e. states and actions) and relevant attributes (e.g. parameters, methods), aggregation (e.g. detail), resources (e.g. people, materials, money), and disclosure (i.e. the information revealed to each stakeholder). Dealing with processes is prone to oversights and misjudgements, which are kept in check with operational care — and largely with education.

operation

Testimonials:  The ‘Systems Thinking’ book  •  The ‘Building Competences’ book  •  The ‘Furthering EIA’ book  •  Workshops
Differentiation manifestos:  Education  •  Organisation field  •  Operation field  •  Design field
Simulated illustration:  ‘The sound of success’/ Competitive Advantage™

differentiation manifesto
Crafting Strategy with Confident Understanding
Tradition — There are many ways to make high-level action plans — commonly known as ‘strategy’ — for organisations of the private and/ or the public domain. The traditional way is based on intuition and secrecy, as the master plan is prepared and remains in the director’s mind. Modern popular practice relies on ‘scientific’ methods based on metrics and analyses — and what could be more reliable than science?
Philosophy — Surprisingly, both the ‘intuition’ and ‘science’ models overlook confident understanding, and ways to clearly visualise and share the plan as well as the reasoning and assumptions behind it. Systems Planning℠ provides this ‘missing part’ — in association with original R&D and an empowering coaching/ consulting engagement, complemented by teaching/ training quanto baste.
Community — The way of Systems Planning℠ is not ‘natural’ for everyone, as rigour and reasoning are also expected of the beneficiaries. Hence, Systems Planning℠ seeks progressive and demanding people in enterprise, institutions, or government, curious to understand ‘how things work’ and in a position to ‘make things right’ — from start-up entrepreneurs, to experienced CEOs, to community leaders, to prime ministers.

design

Testimonials:  The ‘Systems Thinking’ book  •  The ‘Building Competences’ book  •  The ‘Furthering EIA’ book  •  Workshops
Differentiation manifestos:  Education  •  Organisation field  •  Operation field  •  Design field
Simulated illustration:  ‘The sound of success’/ Competitive Advantage™

Core industries/ Formal planning

urban
Urban and Regional Planning
Building Competences Building Competencesbook
Systems thinking and SEAIAPA, 2016
The luxurious stateoestros, №20
Registering cumulative effects in DCDsSystems Planner, №28
The city as a systemSystems Planner, №16
Spatial impactsSystems Planner, №13
Retrofitting TIASystems Planner, №20
public
Public Administration and Policy Making
Systems Thinking Systems Thinkingbook
The backstage of performanceSystems Planner, №35
Verbs of essenceSystems Planner, №29
Safeguarding SWOTSystems Planner, №6
RoadmapsSystems Planner, №14
Shadow measurementsoestros, №9
On qualityoestros, №10
business
Business Administration and Strategy Making
Organisation Governance Organisation Governance— Advanced Companion Series
The making of strategySystems Planner, №30
Transaction chain diagramsSystems Planner, №24
System to strategySystems Planner, №11
Safeguarding SWOTSystems Planner, №6
Recreating established systemsSystems Planner, №10
RoadmapsSystems Planner, №14
project
Project Management and Process Modelling
Project Management Project Management— Praxis Primer Series
Iterations in planning and managementSystems Planner, №34
Project timeline viewsSystems Planner, №26
Hierarchical breakdown structuresSystems Planner, №23
System to processSystems Planner, №12
RoadmapsSystems Planner, №14
Commented CPD examplesSystems Planner, №17
information
Information Management and Decision Making
Organisation Governance Organisation Governance— Advanced Companion Series
Screening ‘dynamic’ documents for ambiguitySystems Planner, №39
The making of strategySystems Planner, №30
Verbs of essenceSystems Planner, №29
Safeguarding SWOTSystems Planner, №6
RoadmapsSystems Planner, №14
The sum of the partsoestros, №6
impact
Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment
Systems Thinking Systems Thinkingbook
Hybrid CPD-DCD diagramsSystems Planner, №31
Registering cumulative effects in DCDsSystems Planner, №28
Impact tracingSystems Planner, №7
A strategy board for impact assessmentSystems Planner, №15
Spatial impactsSystems Planner, №13
Retrofitting TIASystems Planner, №20

Extended industries

science
Science
Research Communication Research Communication— Advanced Companion Series
The science marketplaceoestros №19
The scientific qualifieroestros №11
On qualityoestros №10
ApplesBites №2
Scientific writingoestros №5
engineering
Engineering
Project Management Project Management— Praxis Primer Series
System to processSystems Planner №12
Recreating established systemsSystems Planner №10
Commented CPD examplesSystems Planner №17
ApplesBites №2
medicine
Medicine
The scientific qualifieroestros №11
Perdicoulis Publishing On qualityoestros №10
Scientific writingoestros №5
law
Law
People knowoestros №8
Perdicoulis Publishing Detective workoestros №4
Enquiriesoestros №3
journalism
Journalism
Rebirth of the newspaperSystems Planner, №33
Perdicoulis Publishing Commented CPD examplesSystems Planner №17
People knowoestros №8
Enquiriesoestros №3
literature
Literature
The scientific qualifieroestros №11
Perdicoulis Publishing On qualityoestros №10
Scientific writingoestros №5
cuisine
Cuisine
UncookingXV Games, №3
Perdicoulis Publishing Personalised process diagramsSystems Planner, №19
Extended process diagramsSystems Planner, №18
Cake recipe (engineering style)Artwork folio

Project Portfolio

Quality   extension Systems Planning℠ makes conceptual and practical advances (e.g. innovation, refinement) in a variety of topics through formal arrangements such as primary, applied, and/ or consolidation R&D projects. Any of these engagements is suitable for collaboration and/ or mentoring.

Projects Primary Applied Consolidation Case Studies

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Primary R&D/ Science

FCT
MIA/ Metabolic impact assessment — Cooperation
CITTA Term2016–2019 — in progress
TopicSpatial planning; Urban metabolism; Systems modelling (e.g. flows, causality)
Lead PartnerRG-1: Planning and Environmental Assessment, CITTA, FEUP, PT
Case studiesSelected urban plans and major urban development projects
FundingFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
ParticipationThrough CITTA, Porto, Portugal
Systems Planning℠ contributionWorkflow optimisation (CPD); TBA
DisseminationTBA
European Union
EATIA/ Territorial impact assessment — Cooperation
CITTA Term2010–2012
TopicSpatial planning; Plan assessment; Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA)
Lead PartnerSchool of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
Case studiesSelected EU directives
FundingEuropean Observation Network, Territorial Development and Cohesion (ESPON)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
ParticipationThrough CITTA, Porto, Portugal
Systems Planning℠ contributionReduction of uncertainty: impacts (DCD) and processes (CPD)
DisseminationArticle in ‘European Planning Studies’
European Union
GreenKeys/ Urban green as a key for sustainable cities — Cooperation
UFZ Term2005–2008
TopicSpatial planning; Urban landscape Architecture
Lead PartnerLeibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IÖR), DE
Case studiesSelected European cities
FundingINTERREG III B CADSES (Central, Adriatic, Danubian and South-Eastern European Space)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
ParticipationThrough UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Systems Planning℠ contributionDecision model analysis (DMA)
DisseminationAdministrative report (internal/ confidential)  confidential
CM Vila Real
Aleu/ Municipal systems modelling — System prototyping  prototype
UTAD Term2002–2004
TopicSystems modelling; formalisation of the planning problem
IntentDraft a municipal system model and identify points of concern
Case study (practice)Municipality of Vila Real, Portugal
PatronMunicipality of Vila Real, Portugal
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (DLC); Learning (HTW)
Systems Planning℠ contributionMunicipality-wide system models (SFD) at different aggregations
DisseminationPresentations at ISDC 2002 and ISDC 2003
CM Alijo
Alijó/ Municipal environmental indicators — System prototyping  prototype
UTAD Term2001–2002
TopicSystems modelling; indicator sets
IntentIdentify points of concern (set of indicators) for the municipality
Case study (practice)Municipality of Alijó, Portugal
PatronMunicipality of Alijó, Portugal
Project teamEnvironmental engineering students, UTAD
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionLearning (PPM); Prototyping (ISC)
Systems Planning℠ contributionMunicipal environmental indicators
DisseminationStudent Report (internal/ confidential)  confidential
Greek Government
Syros/ Island-wide development plan — System–Plan prototyping  prototype
University of Salford Term1993–1996
TopicPlanning methodology; plan appraisal/ assessment
IntentDraft an island-wide system model and identify points of concern; define the planning problem and seek solutions; select best option by scenario simulation
Case study (practice)Syros, Greece
PatronEnvironmental Resources Unit (ERU), University of Salford
SupportMunicipal and regional authorities, Syros, Greece
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM); Training (HTW)
Systems Planning℠ contributionIsland-wide quantitative system model (SFD); alternative development scenarios; quantitative simulations; scenario assessment and selection
Dissemination PhD Thesis; Perdicoulis and Power, 1995; Perdicoulis, 1997

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Applied R&D/ Community

Continental
KPI Continental — System–Process–Plan prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2019 — in preparation
Case studyAutomotive industry
RequestDeploy a dynamic cockpit and assess its utility for management
ParticipantsM. Pinto, C. Araújo, B. Carneiro, A. Martins
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (HTW); Prototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ contributionSystems view (RBP); operations view (CPD); plan view (DCD)
DeliverablesAnnotated system, process, and plan models — internal/ confidential  confidential
UTAD
ECT Digital Presence 2019 — Process prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2019 — in progress
Case studyWeb and social media
RequestCoordinate ECT’s digital presence
Praxis supportCoaching/ consulting
PatronEscola de Ciências e Tecnologia (ECT), UTAD
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis (Communication officer)
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (HTW); Prototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ contributionInformation flow (IFD); information campaigns (HBS); website map (HBS); news bulletin (HBS)
DeliverablesCoordination documents — internal/ confidential  confidential
Kathrein
Cockpit Wiring — System–Plan prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2019
Case studyAutomotive industry
RequestRelate the performance indicators of the administrative cockpit
PatronKathrein (PT)
DelegateM. Pinto
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM, HTW)
Systems Planning℠ contributionViewport Design™ — original cockpit panels (HBS); target system (RBP); operational plan (DCD)
DeliverableProject Report
DisseminationInnovation Masterclass (PBS, 2019)
KudosModel Sampler
UTAD
ECT Activity Plan 2019 — Plan prototyping and monitoring   prototype
Planning Studio Term2018–2019 — in progress
Case studyActivity plan
RequestPrepare and monitor the implementation of ECT’s activity plan for 2019, based on UTAD’s 2018–2021 strategy (objectives and targets)
Praxis supportCoaching/ consulting
PatronEscola de Ciências e Tecnologia (ECT), UTAD
DelegatesJ.B.R. Cunha, V. Filipe, J.M.C. Reis, P. Martins, P. Couto, L. Roçadas, C. Avelino, J.P. Cravino, M. Amraui, A. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM); Training (HTW); Prototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ contributionPlanning facilitation (e.g. modelling, simulation, assessment, revision); plan in complementary formats (e.g. lists, DCD, Gantt); plan implementation monitoring; progress report
DeliverablesActivity Plan (2018); Plan Progress Report (2019) — both internal/ confidential  confidential
UTAD
CIV Insights — System prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2018
Case studyAcademic degree
RequestThink of a ‘refreshed’ degree (e.g. international, modern, organised, reflective)
PatronCivil Engineering Degree, ECT, UTAD
DelegatesN. Cristelo, A. Sá, A. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM); Training (HTW); Prototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ contributionModelling facilitation; mental models (RBP)
Related projectCIV Assessment 2018
DisseminationRecalling quality in scholarly publications — oestros №28
QSJ
QSJ Database — System–Process prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2018
Case studyWinery
RequestDevelop a relational DB for stock management and sales support
PatronQuinta de S. José (QSJ)
DelegatesP. Martins, A. Perdicoulis, A. Marques, J. Brito e Cunha, C. Clemente, D. Guerra, P. Teixeira, T. Aniceto
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ associateG. Glavas
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM); Prototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ contributionProcess protocols (CPD), information flow diagrams (IFD)
Related projectQSJ Logistics
DeliverableDatabase with Web user interface (internal/ confidential)  confidential
UTAD
CIV Assessment 2018 — System–Process prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2018
Case studyAcademic degree
RequestAssess the current state of affairs (with a SWOT deliverable) and suggest amelioration actions
Praxis supportCoaching/ consulting
PatronCivil Engineering Degree, ECT, UTAD
DelegatesN. Cristelo, A. Perdicoulis, C. Dominguez, C. Reis
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM); Training (HTW); Prototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ contributionModelling facilitation (e.g. procedure, language, example [SP 43]); state of affairs (RBP) with Graphic SWOT™; development process with scenario analysis (CPD) and Graphic SWOT™
Related projectCIV Insights
DeliverablesSWOT list-set; Amelioration list (international assessment committee/ confidential)  confidential
UTAD
ECT Activity Plan 2018 — Plan prototyping and monitoring   prototype
Planning Studio Term2017–2018
Case studyActivity plan
RequestPrepare and monitor the implementation of ECT’s activity plan for 2018, based on UTAD’s 2018–2021 strategy
Praxis supportCoaching/ consulting
PatronEscola de Ciências e Tecnologia (ECT), UTAD
DelegatesJ.B.R. Cunha, V. Filipe, J.M.C. Reis, P. Martins, P. Couto, L. Roçadas, A.P. Aires, J.P. Cravino, M. Amraui, A. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM); Training (HTW); Prototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ contributionPlanning facilitation (e.g. modelling, simulation, assessment, revision); plan in complementary formats (e.g. lists, DCD, Gantt); plan implementation monitoring; progress report
DeliverablesActivity Plan (2017); Plan Progress Report (2018) — both internal/ confidential  confidential
QSJ
QSJ Logistics — Process prototyping, review, and revision   prototype review revision
Planning Studio Term2017
Case studyWinery
RequestOptimise internal processes
PatronQuinta de S. José (QSJ)
DelegatesJ. Brito e Cunha, C. Clemente, S. Prazeres
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ associateG. Glavas
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM, HTW)
Systems Planning℠ contributionCurrent and suggested process protocols (CPD), problem definition and solving (XYZ), information flow diagrams (IFD)
Related projectQSJ Database
DeliverablePilot Study (internal/ confidential)  confidential
Systems Planning
HEI Enhancement — System–Plan prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2017
Case studyUniversity administration (abstracted)
RequestEnhance the function of a higher education institution (HEI)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (DLC, PLC)
Systems Planning℠ contributionSystems view of the institution (RBP); thematic enhancement provisions (DCD); global prospect view (DCD–RBP)
DeliverableProject Report (situation and institutional strategy)
KudosModel Sampler
Systems Planning
Academic Mobility — Process prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2017
Case studyAcademic mobility (abstracted)
RequestIllustrate key processes and communication protocols of student exchange programmes
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
SupportInternational Office, UTAD; ECT, UTAD
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (HTW); Networking (TEN)
Systems Planning℠ contributionDiagrammatic views of administrative processes (EPD) and information flows (IFD)
DeliverableProcess protocols (outgoing/ incoming students; LA processing)
DisseminationAcademic Mobility — Systems Planner №41
BIT
SONAE
BIT Culture — Process review and revision   review revision
Planning Studio Term2016
Case studyProject management/ team culture
RequestOptimise project practice regarding process protocols and the associated team spirit and culture
PatronBusiness Information Technology (BIT), SONAE
DelegatesD. Alves, A. Moreira, T. Oliveira, P. Torres, A. Gonçalves, and B. Mourão
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (PLC); Learning (HTW)
Systems Planning℠ contributionCurrent and suggested process protocols (CPD) through Process Layout™; ‘pain-point’ analysis (TMU); team building (RBP); ‘economic spirit’ (RBP)
DeliverablePilot Study (internal/ confidential)  confidential
LDF
LDF Transform — Process prototyping  prototype
P4S Planning Studio Term2015–2016
Case studyBusiness innovation — sales protocol; client/ product profiles
RequestDevelop an efficient sales protocol based on client and product profiles
PatronLDF — Sistemas de Comunicação
CEOF. Novais
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ associateC. Alves
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (PLC, HTW)
Systems Planning℠ contributionClient and product profiles (HBS); sales protocol (CPD) through Process Layout™; sales pitch (DCD)
Other contributionsMBTI® personality type
DeliverableProject Report
KudosModel Sampler
Systems Planning
AAP Overhaul — Plan review and revision   review revision
Planning Studio Term2016
Case studyActivity plan
RequestExamine an annual activity plan (AAP) for shortcomings and make the necessary rectifications
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsLearning (PPM); Training (PLC)
Systems Planning℠ contributionIdentification and correction of shortcomings; AAP in annotated RBPs
DeliverableProject Report
KudosModel Sampler
Systems Planning
Newspaper — Process–System–Plan prototyping   prototype
Planning Studio Term2015
Case studyBusiness innovation
RequestAdapt the current publishing model to the new reality of the digital age
DelegatesC. Alves, F. Costa, J. Carvalho
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (DLC, PLC)
Systems Planning℠ contributionProcess view of the business operation (CPD); the business in a causal context (RBP); new options for action with simulated outcomes (DCD)
DisseminationRebirth of the newspaper — Systems Planner №33
Ecobase Consulting
Foz Tua power lines — EIS review and revision   review revision
Planning Studio Term2014
Case studyImpact statement (selected sections, causality content) — Linhas de Muito Alta Tensão, Foz Tua
RequestInspect and improve the causal communication of impacts
PatronEcobase Consulting
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (DLC); Prototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ contributionReduction of uncertainty in the communication of impacts (DCD) and improvements in the verification of the causal argument (QSM) through EIA Light™
DeliverablePresentation at CNAI’14

Images (L→R): Patron publisher; Produced work

Consolidation R&D/ Monographs

Perdicoulis Publishing
Organisation governance — A systems approach
Research Communication Term2015–2016; 2018
FocusAdministration based on understanding and explicit reasoning
PatronPerdicoulis Publishing℠
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (PLC); Learning (HTW)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
DisseminationThe ‘Organisation Governance’ book
Perdicoulis Publishing
Research communication — System and process efficiency
Research Communication Term2012–2015; 2018
FocusThe dissemination of scientific research
PatronPerdicoulis Publishing℠
Systems Planning℠ missionPrototyping (ACS)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
DisseminationThe ‘Research Communication’ book
Perdicoulis Publishing
Project management — Process efficiency
Project Management Term2014–2015; 2018
FocusThe preparation and conduct of engineering projects
PatronPerdicoulis Publishing℠
Systems Planning℠ missionPrototyping (TQM)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
DisseminationThe ‘Project Management’ book
Perdicoulis Publishing
Academia — System evolution
Academic Life Term2012–2013; 2018
FocusThe community and mission of academia
PatronPerdicoulis Publishing℠
Systems Planning℠ missionTraining (HST)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
DisseminationThe ‘Academic Life’ book
Edward Elgar
Impact continuum — EIA and EMS integration
Furthering EIA Term2011–2012
FocusEnvironmental impacts at the project and operation phases
Case studiesOil and gas, renewables, waste, flood risk, transport
PatronEdward Elgar Publishing
EditorsA. Perdicoulis, B. Durning, L. Palframan
Systems Planning℠ missionPrototyping (IMC)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
DisseminationThe ‘Furthering EIA’ book
Routledge
Planning methodology — The planning process
Building Competences Term2010–2011
FocusPreparation and conduct of the spatial planning operation
Case studies Process revisionsEast of England Plan, The London Plan, Wales Spatial Plan
PatronRoutledge/ Taylor & Francis
Systems Planning℠ missionTraining (PLC)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
DisseminationThe ‘Building Competences’ book & online study packs
Edward Elgar
The dynamic objects of planning — Plans, systems, and processes
Systems Thinking Term2009–2010
FocusSystems thinking geared towards spatial and sectoral planning
Case studies I: Plan reviews/ revisionsHousing plan, health policy, arts strategy
Case studies II: Impact assessment reviews/ revisionsOffshore drilling project, local transport plan
Case studies III: Plan prototypesRegional development, urban development
PatronEdward Elgar Publishing
Systems Planning℠ missionsTraining (PLC, DLC); Learning (PPM)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
DisseminationThe ‘Systems Thinking’ book

Praxis Support

Cognitive Coaching
Boutique Consulting
Haute Culture   extension Systems Planning℠ experience indicates that undertakings are best accompanied in a facilitative mode (Cognitive Coaching℠ — from cognoscere [L], to get to know) that empowers the people involved.

Alternatively, Boutique Consulting℠ caters to study-intensive projects of interesting or challenging cases in a counselling mode, which also empowers the people involved.
support Praxis Scope Quality Screening Funding Contact

Resources

Selected Praxis

UTAD
University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
DivisionSchool of Science and Technology (ECT)
ProjectECT Digital Presence 2019
AssignmentCoordination
ServiceCoaching/ consulting
Term2019 — active
UTAD
University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
DivisionSchool of Science and Technology (ECT)
ProjectECT Activity Plan 2019
AssignmentPrototyping and monitoring
ServiceCoaching/ consulting
Term2018–2019 — active
UTAD
University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
DivisionCivil Engineering degree (CIV), ECT
ProjectCIV Assessment 2018
AssignmentSWOT and amelioration
ServiceCoaching/ consulting
Term2018
UTAD
University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
DivisionCentro de Estudos e Investigação de Segurança e Defesa de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (CEISDTAD)
AssignmentStrategy development
ServiceCoaching/ consulting
Term2018 — active
UTAD
University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
DivisionSchool of Science and Technology (ECT)
ProjectECT Activity Plan 2018
AssignmentPlan prototyping and monitoring
ServiceCoaching/ consulting
Term2017–2018

Alternatives

Owing to its learned innovation, Systems Planning℠ is a select alternative to ‘non-system’ (e.g. data-based) or conventional systems approaches (e.g. with un-marked problem structure), including heavyweights such as the Balanced Scorecard, Design Thinking, and Business Analysis.

Alternatives Mainstream Consultants Mainstream Praxis Élan Contact

Activity perspective: Alternative workflows

alternative workflows

Activity perspective:  Activities  •  Dynamics  •  Workings  •  Stance  •  Curiosity  •  Programme  •  Undertakings  •  Alternatives  •  SIG  •  Community  •  Masterplan  •  Antipodes
Thematic perspective:  Expertise  •  Practice  •  Cause  •  Missions  •  Activism  •  Subjects  •  Lectures  •  Workshops  •  Pro Utilities™  •  Clubs
Spatial perspective:  Development and anchorage  •  Academic visits and fellowships  •  Outreach Seminars℠

Mainstream Consultants

Mainstream Praxis

Reference
governance folio

Heritage folio

GeneralWorkflows
Critical ThinkingSocrates/ Plato
Action ResearchArgyris, 1982
Business AnalysisIIBA, 2009
Design ThinkingArcher, 1965
Quality by Design Juran, 1992
Quality ControlDeming, 1950
Systems ThinkingSenge, 2006
Systems EngineeringBKCASE, 2014
System Dynamics Forrester, 1961, Sterman, 2000
Balanced Scorecard (BSC)Kaplan and Norton, 1996
Strategic Choice Approach (SCA)Friend and Hickling, 2005
Unified Modeling Language (UML), OMGISO/IEC 19501:2005
Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), OMGISO/IEC 19510:2013
Juxtaposition
governance folio

Heritage folio

Big datacf. dynamics — Big Understanding™; oestros №s 9 and 12; Blog
Concept Mapscf. concise process diagrams (CPD) — Systems Planner №3
System Dynamics CLDcf. reverse blueprints (RBP) — Systems Planner №4
Critical decision factors (CDF)cf. reverse blueprints (RBP) — Systems Planner №15
SWOT analysiscf. Graphic SWOT™Strategy Board™; Systems Planner №s 6, 11, 15, 43; Blog
Indicators/ indices (e.g. DPSIR, KPI)cf. reverse blueprints (RBP) — Perdicoulis and Glasson, 2011
ISO 9001 ‘PDCA’ (Deming/ Shewhart cycle)cf. ‘XYZ’ problem definition (XPD) — Systems Planner №34
Kaplan-Norton strategy mapscf. descriptive causal diagrams (DCD) — Systems Planner №5; Webcast №3; Blog (A, B)
Data, Imprinted, and Deeper learningcf. Systems learning — Learning technical folio; Systems Planner №30; The ‘Systems Thinking’ book

Contrast Box

Index of Juxtapositions

Junior Talent

Haute Culture   involvement There is plenty of talent around, and Systems Planning℠ sets out to discover and involve people with natural curiosity and skill to figure out, understand, conceive, and communicate the structure and function of systems, processes, and plans.

junior talent Youthful Minds™ Challenges Skills Objects Contact

Cooperations

UTAD
University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
DivisionDepartment of Engineering, School of Science and Technology (ECT)
Systems Planning℠ anchorA. Perdicoulis
StudentsVarious groups

Focus Groups

Deciphers℠

Deciphers
PLC HTW Category:Special interest group (SIG) — transient/ informal
Description:Demonstrate deciphering competences (e.g. accurate understanding) regarding the structure and function of concluded systems, processes, and/ or plans.
Details:Web Ports
Call: Express interest
Activities/ Dissemination
Original undertakings — e.g. review; revision
Class project assignments — e.g. CaseProject™

Inducers℠

Inducers
PLC ISC Category:Special interest group (SIG) — transient/ informal
Description:Demonstrate inductive competences (e.g. conceive and formulate hypotheses) regarding the structure and function of Systems, processes, and/ or plans in preparation.
Details:Web Ports
Call: Express interest
Activities/ Dissemination
Original undertakings — e.g. prototyping; revision
Class project assignments — e.g. CaseProject™
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