PowerPoint Fail?

A famous example of such an analysis is illustrated by a consulting group working with United States military in 2009. The team produced a diagram that attempted to map the key factors and players involved in Afghanistan, from the military’s perspective. The PowerPoint slide was acquired by the media, and the military was subsequently lampooned in public discourse for the apparent nonsensical nature of the image. However, the exercise does highlight the point: as soon as you try to determine all of the variables influencing any given situation, you are opening the door to a situation that might soon appear intractable.1


  1. Liu, David. (2013). Hey New York Times: a causal loop diagram is not a PowerPoint fail (SD Wise blog) http://sdwise.com/2013/07/hey-new-york-times-a-causal-loop-diagram-is-not-a-powerpoint-fail/ 


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