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Spine Model FAQ Page Is it recommended to get complete alignment on one level before moving to the next? In the context of Spine Model, what is a "System"? Can Spine be used to coach non-software...
Why are there several pages marked "To Do"? Post Tip: If you would like to contribute to any of the pages or add new ones please take a look at the contribution page. Many of the pages and sections on this site have yet to be fleshed out. We felt that since...
What is a Heuristic? Post Heuristics are rules of thumb. They are generally true, but there can be exceptions in certain contexts, so they are more flexible than rules. System boundaries can be put in place by providing heuristic rules to govern a particular principle. Tip: People tend...
What is the different between a "Need" and a "Want"? Post Needs have a special meaning in the Spine Model, a meaning which we have appropriated from the NVC view of the world. They are common to all people and not tied to any particular circumstance or strategy for fulfilling them. A Want is a combination of a Need...
Why is the Spine Model visualised the way it is? Post Note: Find out why it’s called the Spine Model There were many iterations of drawing out the Spine Model. Here is one of the earliest drawings… Square brackets were drawn around Practices, because that is...
Why is the Spine Model called the Spine Model? Post The Spine Model is based on a chain of levels, and when written out, resembles the vertebrae of a spine - the central frame off which your body is supported. We see a lot of crooked spines in organisations. Quasimodo-like creations that...
Can Spine be used to coach non-software teams? Post The Spine model emerged from coaching and mentoring in teams that produce software. This means that many of the Practices and Tools relate directly to teams that work in the context of software development. So what about teams that don’t build software? Is Spine Model still applicable? <h2...
In the context of Spine Model, what is a "System"? Post When we talk about a System in the Spine Model we are typically referring to a human work system, and using the term in the “Systems Thinking” sense. Peter Senge describes Systems Thinking as follows: Systems thinking [is] a way of thinking about, and a language for describing...
Is it recommended to get complete alignment on one level before moving to the next? Post Not only would that not be a recommended approach, “complete alignment” isn’t really a possibility. The Spine Model was designed to be used as a means to uncover differences in how people see and understand the System. This is so that they can have useful conversations, and to map...