From the father of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), Peter Checkland, comes a new, accessible text which clearly and concisely looks at SSM. The book leaves out all of the development detail and historical/intellectual material which can be found in Checkland's other classic works, but contains the practical essentials that will allow teachers to teach SSM accurately and students to learn it with real understanding. Features: * Short and definitive account of SSM containing the practical essentials. * Written with great clarity and presented in a reader-friendly way. * Contains examples of SSM in action. * Includes cases.