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Monday, July 21, 2008
While i am resting... found some great blogs...

I found an amazing site on mind mapping and critical thinking. Each of their blog post is more than 5 pages long!

I came onto this site as i was redoing my research on the 6 thinking hats by Edward De Bono.  I think i read this book many years ago, and found it pretty useful. The long list of references and mind maps are definitely useful for everyone.

Without sounding too boastful, i think a combination of the tips i learnt from that book, mind mapping, and the great precision questioning training i got when i first joined the Singapore operations created the never-ending asking monster in me 8). Folks here sometimes wonder how/why the heck i can think of scenarios that they do not. Blame it on De Bono + Tony Buzan + whoever the trainer was for the PQ training!

I also came about this short post on Herding Cats, with regards to systems and opinions on systems. Glen quoted John Gall's book and his principle concept:

".....A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system."

I also agree with Glen's own insight that malfunction and total nonfunctioning in a complex system may not be detected for long period of time, especially if there was malicious intent to fake functioning behavior.

I think i'm a aficionado music listener. Listens to all kind of music 8). Check out this blog too as it has a lot of knowledgeable authors and great blog posts. I was an obsessive listener of The Beatles only; my claim to fame i guess was i listened to a lot of their bootlegs tapes even when i was in Singapore in my high school days. Can't remember who brought them to me though.
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At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Bob Stocking

Hi, Jonathan, I teach PQ for Vervago. I am so glad the workshop was so beneficial for you--I am guessing either Dennis Matthies or Felix Tsai was your instructor. I wanted to let you know we have a LinkedIn "alumni" group; if you'd like to be part of it, send me an email so I can invite you. The framing of the workshop has changed a great deal since you took it (although the core PQ and PA skills are the same), and I could send you some information about that, too. My email address is bob@vervago.com.

I have taught PQ in Singapore twice, and it is one of my favorite cities.


At 3:36 PM, Blogger Jonathan

Hi Bob.. thanks for the comment.

I personally think that PQ&A is one of the most beneficial training i've gotten in my career.

In fact, as i'm getting new team members, i'm trying to push for such training to be given to them too. 8)

I'll send you a mail for the linkedin invite.