Dimensionalizing VSM and TS

viable syntegration

Last updated 2nd March 2004

Annamaria Moscardini, Chris Cullen, JoeTruss, Wayne Conrad

Iteration One

The mapping of the VSM model to specific tasks is the next step to enable the use of a dimensional model for mapping all of Stafford’s work.

Possible areas of focus:

  • ViaSystant (pedagogical/consulting tool)
  • Stefan’s business model
  • Navigation aids
  • Human process

Iteration Two

We selected ViaSystant as our focus. Stafford, Joe and Chris defined the ViaSystant project as follows:

Purpose: To create ViaSystant – an instrument based on the ‘Chrysalis Model’ to provide the optimal reference base for accessing Stafford Beer’s VSM, and as an adjunct to investigating the corpus of his teaching in general (referred to as ViaSystem).

Key Characteristic: ViaSystant will have the tetrahedral dimensionality of Chrysalis, and will therefore be organized for intuitive navigation in a non-linear way. The mathematical rigour and systemic integrity of the Stafford Beer corpus can therefore be guaranteed.

Applications: ViaSystant will provide unique means of access for students, researchers and practitioners. Throughout development, the convenience and feasibility of both pedagogic and diagnostic applications will therefore be studied, and the appropriate interfaces devised.

Underlying Assumptions: ViaSystant will be conceived and designed as an integral whole, rather that a set of separate elements. Development can be sequenced into stages.

Ownership: Agreements will be in place from the beginning to answer questions about the ownership of what is produced through the project. CII (Cwarel Isaf Institute) is the holder of SB’s intellectual property. Joe and Chris are the owners of the Chrysalis concept and model. Intellectual property right do not transfer to those who work on the project, but rights to tools that are produced through the project are negotiable.

THE PLAN - Chris will coordinate activities and communications with those involved in the project.

Step 1 – Mapping of Beer’s 2-D diagram to the ‘Chrysalis Model’

  1. Initial mapping - Joe Truss – mid-July target
  2. Testing to ensure mathematical and contextual accuracy – Roger, Alfredo, Allenna (?), Stefan – after mid-July
  3. Build physical prototype – Joe Truss – mid-July target

Step 2 – Digitization of ‘Diagnosing the System’ through OCR Stefan – mid-July target (using Word, jpg files for graphics, tif files to maintain original images; Annamaria has offered to help with the task of digitization. Wayne recommended that the most efficient way to proceed is to solicit the help of users to perform ‘error-correction’ once the initial material has been scanned.

Step 3 – Analysis of best available (free) indexing engines Wayne – mid-July target

Step 4 – Design of iconographic indices and ‘viewer filters’ for each level of logical recursion Joe – mid-July target

Step 5 – Content mapping including summaries of each subsystem and indices to reference materials including Brain, Heart, Beyond Dispute

Step 6 – Digitization of remaining texts

Step 7 – Development of specifications for educative and diagnostic purposes

Step 8 – Software development

In our next session we will further explore these steps and build a more comprehensive action plan.


Outcome Resolve

DETAILED ACTION PLAN – first few steps


Step 1 a) Complete initial mapping of VSM on Chrysalis model
July 15

Step 1 b) Test initial mapping for mathematical & contextual accuracy
Roger, Allenna, Alfredo, Stefan
July 30

Step 1 c) Complete physical prototype
July 15

Step 2 a) OCR scan (digitization) of Diagnosing the System and send to Chris for distribution; conduct initial test for successful scan
July 15

Step 2 b) Error-correction (proof-reading) of OCR scan
July 30

Step 2 c) Indexing of text on Figures (diagrams)
September 30

Step 3 a) Research and analysis of available (free or inexpensive) indexing engines; make initial recommendation
July 15

Step 3 b) Select and obtain indexing engine
Joe, Wayne, Stefan
After July 15

Step 4 a) Provide algorithm concept for navigation Joe
July 15

Step 4 b) Assess algorithm concept – test, etc.
Stefan, Wayne as advisor
After July 15

Step 4 c) Agree on design of iconographic indices
Joe and others

Step 4 d) Build prototype of iconographic indices and 3D navigation tool
Joe, Stefan, (Iain), Wayne as advisor
Sept 30

Other agreements include:

We will immediately (today or within one week) agree on and draft a Memorandum of Understanding concerning issues of intellectual property and ownership. Stefan, Roger, Wayne, Joe will work on this.

Decide if and how to engage / sponsor the involvement of a PhD student – Nalan – on this project.