Six Hats, Six Coats: The Structured Thinking System

Thought I would take a moment to briefly review how far we have come.

First, we looked at a variety of tetrads.

Here is James Moffett’s Universe of Discourse:

We concluded that human systems are hexads and we arrived at the Six Hat, Six Coat Framework:

Next, we will look at the Entities, Relationships, Attributes and Constraints within the framework.

Defining the Six Hat, Six Coat Entities has been very much like defining a periodic table. I have had to suspend my own biases many times to align myself with the concepts the Cartesian product were revealing to me.

I have stated that the relationships between entities are one to many left to right and one to many top to bottom. John Zachman believes the structure is like a table with movable columns. I do not. I believe the framework and the entities are fixed in a hierarchy implicitly. However, explicit relationships can exist contrary to this fundamental structure.

We have also explored the attributes for each of the entities and their constraints/freedoms. I provided an alternate set of names: Morality (cause), Compatibility (observer), Reliability (energy), Fidelity (matter), Accessibility (space)  and Availability (time).

I will be coming back to the Structured Thinking Language and experiment further.

Related Posts:

Systema: Seven Hats, Seven Links

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2 Responses to “Six Hats, Six Coats: The Structured Thinking System”

  1. Implicit and Explicit Structured Thinking « relationary Says:

    […] Explicit Structured Thinking October 18th, 2007 — grant czerepak In an earlier post, Six Hats, Six Coats: The Structured Thinking System, I described what can be called Implicit Structured Thinking. This is the formal underlying […]

  2. The Six Hats, Six Coats Framework « relationary Says:

    […] See the latest version of the Six Hats, Six Coats Framework here. […]


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