The three ITGS models can be very useful but do they always help?

There are three ITGS models to help you analyze a problem and find possible solutions to solve it. These three models are the Iceberg model, Shifting the Burden model, and the ITGS triangle. They are all used for different reasons and during different steps when analyzing issues.

Firstly, the Iceberg model, this model allows you to go step by step through the issue and find possible solutions to prevent this from happening again. However, when using this model we don’t go into all the different issues deeply, just look over the surface. It helps discover the patterns of behavior, structures, and mental models that concern an event.

Iceberg model

We then have the Shifting the Burden model, this model mainly helps when it comes to finding the right solution. When you come up with a possible solution, this model will help you see whether there would be any side effects if that possible solution was to take place, if there are, you would have to go through the whole process again until you find the best solution for your issue.

Shifting the Burden model

Finally, we have the ITGS triangle. This model is very good when it comes to analyzing the problem. When using it, it is easy to find ethical issues and social impacts. However, you can’t come up with possible solutions to solve the problem.

ITGS triangle

So, what system should you use? There is no right answer here, the best thing to do is to use a combination of the three. By first using the triangle, you will find out what impacts the problem you’re looking at has. If you then move on to the iceberg, you’ll discover patterns and trends and by finally using the shifting the burden model, you can come up with the right solution for your issue.

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