The reason everything was so coupled and hard to break up was that the monolith we were trying to separate only served a single business concern. One of the overarching design goals of our client application was to bring the disparate concepts …
… of an open and enquiring mind. In some cases, such as McKew’s, this is likely still what it means. But for many others engaged in the unending daily information war, seeking more context has come to mean finding further ammunition for one side of the argument. And there’s already too much to work with.
“Fixing problems means first of all understanding them — and since the whole purpose of the things we do is to fix problems in the outside world, problems involving people, that means that understanding people and the ways in which they will interact with your system is fundamental to every step of building a system.”
…s of people are able to bond together is because of the shared culture that they have created. This culture is essentially an invisible presence that contains knowledge about what a particular group values, how they conduct themselves, and where they want to go.
On the one hand, people love consistency. They want to believe that they are consistent — and will often continue historical behavior in order to demonstrate this — and they want consistency in their environments. They want to understand what they’re getting into.