The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

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Chapter 10: Analyzing Systems

"If you can't understand it, you can't change it."

Eric Evans, technologist

Before you can improve a system, you must understand how well it’s currently operating.

Unfortunately for us, that’s tricky business — it’s simply not possible to stop the world however long you want while you take careful measurements. Systems must be analyzed as they’re working. Analyzing a system in operation is difficult, but definitely possible — if you know what to look for.

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to deconstruct systems into smaller parts you can understand, measure what’s important, and discover how parts of the system interact with and depend on each other to function.

Key Ideas in Chapter 10


Next Chapter:

Improving Systems


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The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

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About Josh Kaufman

Josh Kaufman is an acclaimed business, learning, and skill acquisition expert. He is the author of two international bestsellers: The Personal MBA and The First 20 Hours. Josh's research and writing have helped millions of people worldwide learn the fundamentals of modern business.

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