A system must consist of three kinds of things: Elements, Interconnection and Function or purpose.
Furthermore a system contains key relationships which consist of: Attributes of the elements and relationship (Interconnection) among elements and attributes.
Both attributes and relationship are associated by function called variables (quantifiable variables and non-numerical). The system state at any time is the set of values held by the variables at that time.
Important to clearly define attributes that are relevant to variables in order to assign value which define system state and show trajectory, to attributes / characteristics applicable to system elements. Attributes particular to system elements main aim is to provide enhanced understanding system behavior.
Systemic Content is about understanding dominant influences (positive and negative) that determine conditions of system elements. Objective of System Dynamics is to define mental models that enable identification of leverage points that will determine ideal system state.
An attribute is an annotation that is assigned to an element and used to store specific systemic transformation data (context, content, process) . This information is stored in the metadata and can be accessed either during systemic transformation analysis process, through to realization and fundamental to the systemic cockpit containing variables. Attributes might change the systemic behaviour of the related element during execution, provide key information about the element systemic behaviour (intended or unintended) , or convey organizational information to transformation agents.]
Attributes that are assigned to elements are fundamental in providing systemic understanding of its behaviors and underlining impact to dominant influences due to the interconnection of attributes.
Examples of systemic attributes to equipment used for systemic transformation :
- Functions performed by machines: Finished product, API ect..
- Bottleneck resource.
- Output rates
- Shift assignment
- Compatibility product family
- Reliability: includes MTBF (mean time between failures),
- Physical requirements: light, power supply, weight, size, noise, air-conditioning (temperature and humidity) needs
Systemic transformation is to ensure efficacy (Adaptability) of initiatives to enable potential, connectedness and resilience via a process of understating and learning: System content, System Context, System process.