It’s a visual system that helps you think through things, as the website says, “…before traditional project management even starts.” It is based on Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints and was inspired by Lisa Scheinkopf’s book, Thinking for a Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use. I think it is more broadly applicable than it would seem. Interestingly, the software handles all the layout of the diagrams, freeing the user to focus on the content. This is quite nice.
I’ve been watching the videos and playing with the demo version. I would love to see more demos and examples from different knowledge areas, and hear from other users.
Also, the File menu of the application (once a document is created) has an Open Examples… action that opens access to several examples. (I did not check for overlaps between the two sources.)
Flying Logic will not teach logic, nor how to design and interpret decision models, etc. Just as Excel will not teach someone to build a financial model or statistical analysis. It’s the kind of software that depends on what you bring to the party, but isn’t the party.
I’m running the trial right now. It seems quite excellent at what it does, and support is fast and friendly. I do wish it was a native app, but I certainly wouldn’t let that stop me from using it if it proved itself an essential tool to me.
I really enjoy Flying Logic but dislike that it’s a Java app and has a displeasing (to me) interface. Searching around last night, I discovered a Mac app that does some of the same things as Flying Logic but is quite a bit less expensive: Vithanco. Some of you may be interested in it.
One of the cool things it can do is import/export Flying Logic documents.
Vithanco looks interesting - a less expensive alternative to Flying Logic.
One thing I really like about FL is that values in diagrams can propagate and logic operations can be applied to them.
For instance, flour AND water AND sugar are required to enable the ready to bake operation.
They can also appear as partial completions, flour + water would show 67% on ready to bake.
I also like that FL shows the entity type for each item on the diagram.
The little ‘percent-complete’ controls in the lower-left of some of the items can be set by clicking and dragging to change the percentage. This then propagates forward (if appropriate) to other items. When at 100%, they become T for True.