Archive of posts with tag 'systems'

The Simplest Thing

September 20, 2022 • #

When working through problems, the most impressive creators to me aren’t those that divine an entire solution in their brain for an hour, then slam out a perfect result (spoiler: this doesn’t exist outside of the occasional savant). I love to watch people who are great at avoiding the temptation to overcomplicate. People who can break problems down into components. People who can simplify complex problems by isolating parts, and blocking and tackling.

I enjoyed this, from an interview with Ward Cunningham (programmer and inventor of the wiki):

It was a question: “Given what we’re trying...

Scenes, Pattern Languages,and Nested Systems

August 22, 2022 • #

Last week I picked up Scene and Structure on a recommendation I saw from Nat Eliason. I’ve seen him mention experimenting with writing fiction, which this book is about — the process of narrative structure, staging scenes, the balance between scenes and “sequels” to maintain coherence and tension through writing novels, which is the author’s background. I’ve thought about testing the waters with fiction writing, even if I never publish it anywhere. I think the NaNoWriMo happens in November, so maybe I’ll make a plan to give it...

Measuring Productivity

July 30, 2020 • #

Florent Crivello had a short thread on Twitter contrasting the effectiveness on systems between Goldratt’s The Goal and Bill Walsh’s The Score Takes Care of Itself. One of the replies linked to this piece from Scott Young I found interesting for a couple of points on measuring productivity of systems.

The idea in books like The Goal and its modern IT counterpart The Phoenix Project...

Image credits: Scott Young