Date: Nov 15, 2011 9:19 PM
Author: GS Chandy
Subject: An aid to problem-solving and decision making - any interest?
I have a powerful generic 'systems' aid to problem solving and decision making that may interest folk here - it's called the 'One Page Management System' (OPMS).
Very briefly, the OPMS enables you to enter any 'Mission' of current interest, and, from your own available ideas, helps you to construct a realistic and effective Action Plan to accomplish that Mission. The OPMS, over iterations, uses the inherent human capability of 'self-correction', as shown to be needed per environmental reality, to help users strengthen their weak ideas; modify or correct their wrong ideas. (In normal circumstances, we use this capability far too little, alas!)
For instance, a student who was doing very poorly in math worked on his Mission: "To understand thoroughly all topics of my math syllabus, and THEREBY to improve, very significantly, my results in my math exams, tests, quizzes".
It took a while, because he had to learn this systems process, including how to do the required modeling (those days there was no software available). Then he had to learn how to apply it on his Mission, he had to learn various things about himself and why he had been doing poorly in math.
He worked with me for about 1 hour each day to construct his Action Planning for his Mission, over about 45 days. At that point I got a long-term assignment that would take me out of town for a considerable period of time.
I left him plenty of 'home work' - mainly to help in interpreting the models he created and, at each stage, how he could find out "what he should do next". He then continued working on his own, and, about 8 months later - there was no Internet those days - he sent me a letter informing me that he was now regularly and consistently getting over 75% in his math exams. That should count as a significant success, as right through his schooldays, he had never gotten about 45% on any math test!
What is especially interesting about this case is that I gave him NO MATH TUITION AT ALL! He got all he needed in that direction from his regular math teachers and his peers in his class who were good at math - a couple of 'elements' appeared in his models, like: "To get Math assistance from my math teachers; from other students who are good at math", and so on.
If 'Tool Fest' can make it possible to maintain a 'back room' containing OPMS background literature (consisting of 'Word' documents and a couple of PowerPoint presentations), I shall be happy to make these available. If then 'ToolFesters' find OPMS could be useful for their interest, I shall be most happy to make my OPMS prototype software freely available to them and also provide them (limited) guidance of how they might apply it to issues of interest to them.
For information about the 'systems science' background of OPMS, check out the website of the late John N. Warfield, http://www.jnwarfield.com and the "John N. Warfield Collection" held at the library of George Mason University, where Warfield was Emeritus Professor.
I look forward to learning of any interest. Anyone interested may also contact me directly at gs (underscore) chandy (at) gmail (dot) com - just substitute the named characters for the words in brackets and remove the spaces around the brackets, and you will have my email id.
I look forward most keenly to learning of any interest.
Message was edited by: GS Chandy