Tuesday 10 March 2009

6 things that seem to be true

  1. Measurement improves understanding: in business, and in life.

  2. Working with smart people is a joy, which is why I’m such a happy person.

  3. Everything is more complicated than it looks to most people. I wish I had written that, but I didn’t: Frederick Lewis Allen did. I think he has a point.

  4. Measure what matters, measure what you can manage; otherwise don’t measure it. More complicated than it looks - see (1), (2) and (3) above.

  5. Effective data visualisation is worth a thousand pie charts.

  6. I have not seen any problem, however, complicated, which, when looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. Apparently Paul Anderson said that in the New Scientist in 1967. He must have been a systems analyst too.


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  2. All good points.

    I think particularly point 3,it is very true that things are often more complicated than they look, however, we also make them more complicated than they need be? I would suggest that once one stops,looks at the whole picture from a distance sometimes life is simpler? We can then see the links and look at the detail, the broader picture and its setting. just my feelings.

    Maybe you could also look at say six things that seem to be true but are not, as a first thought "by measuring something it will get better" not on its own it won't!

  3. Point 3 is an interesting one. There are many things in life that we would like to be simpler than they are, but actually are a great deal more complicated. Over a period of time I have tried to recognise when something needs to be treated with the respect that complexity deserves. From a systems perspective this should result in a system that is simple to understand - but only because the complexity has been taken on board and the issues worked through.

    Your second idea is very interesting!!! And challenging. Will give it some thought.

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