There are articles I return to often, like a good book. The capture a wisdom or perspective worth remembering, or sharing.


Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System by Donella Meadows

Here is the original article that first introduced my to Donealla Meadows essay Places to Intervene in a System.

“There is yet one leverage point that is even higher than changing a paradigm. That is to keep oneself unattached in the arena of paradigms, to stay flexible, to realize that NO paradigm is “true,” that every one, including the one that sweetly shapes your own worldview, is a tremendously limited understanding of an immense and amazing universe that is far beyond human comprehension. It is to “get” at a gut level the paradigm that there are paradigms, and to see that that itself is a paradigm, and to regard that whole realization as devastatingly funny. It is to let go into Not Knowing, into what the Buddhists call enlightenment.”

Forget Technical Debt — Here’s How to Build Technical Wealth

There is wisdom in this article. I have shared it liberally, think of it during conversations, and even mention it.

“It’s an industry-wide assumption that badass engineers don’t want to work on legacy code. They want to build slick new features. Sticking them in the maintenance department would be a waste, people say.

These are misconceptions. You can find incredibly skilled engineers to work on your thorniest debt if you know where and how to look — and how to make them happy when you’ve got them.”