Why cycles explode complexity

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Software developers and architects would instinctively avoid cyclic dependencies given the choice – we’d never consciously create an architecture which was a ball of mud. For instance we’d be more inclined to aim for something like this … rather than something like this (same components but with cyclic dependencies) … Why? Well the second system… Read more »

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

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A lot of work went into this. A "periodic table" of visualization methods for data, information, concepts, strategy, metaphors, process and structure. Here’s a screen shot – be sure and visit the original if you’re interested – when you mouse over each cell, you get an example of the corresponding visualization method. I didn’t see… Read more »

Gartner 2006 Technology Hype Cycle

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The Gartner “Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle” is something worth giving a good once-over every year. The premise is that most technologies that eventually get traction will first go through a “Peak of Inflated Expectations” with lots of publicity and a lot of unsuccessful applications by the early adopters. This is followed by the “Trough of… Read more »

The Long Now Foundation

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If you like a heavy dose of “context” check out the seminars from the Long Now Foundation. I just returned from an extremely enjoyable 2 week vacation in Nerja in the south of Spain (thanks Joe for the recommendation). But as a complete talk-radio addict, I was more than a tad concerned before I departed… Read more »

All about Fat and Tangles

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Welcome to my new weblog.  I intend this to be mostly about the stuff we do at Headway, though I’m sure to digress occasionally. At Headway, we go on a bit about structural patterns we call Fat and Tangles (much more on these later), and those that have met me will understand why I considered… Read more »