12. the inner vision

Colors blind the eye. Sounds deafen the ear. Flavors numb the taste. Pursuit of result can weaken the mind. Goals can distort one’s behavior. The great engineer observes the situation but trusts the inner vision. The engineer rejects external and cultivates self. They allow goals to come and go. It’s time to talk about metrics. Managers…

11. in the void

We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the hole in the middle on which use of the wheel depends. Clay is fashioned into pots, but it is their empty hollowness that their use depends. The doors and windows are cut out to form a room, but it is the empty space within,…

10. let events take their course

Are you patient enough to teach self-control? That will unify the project. Can you allow ideas to become  supple as a newborn child?  That will give them future. By removing prejudices,  solutions can be without flaws. By focusing on the project, one can lead while being unknown. Can you deal with the most vital matters …

9. Enough

Filling to the brim is not more than what was already enough. Sharpening the blade makes it easier to dull. The more possessed the harder it is to protect. Possession, pride, arrogance bring their own punishment. Complete your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. Projects *love* to retain stuff. We discussed earlier…

8. No contention: No disappointment

The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It flows in the places that people dislike. Therefore it is similar to the Tao. In residing, stay close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In dealing with others, be fair and generous. In solving, don’t force solutions. In…

7. embrace all solutions

The Tao is present and eternal. It was never started; thus it can never end. It has no definition of self; thus it is present for all. The wise engineer stays behind; and thus ends up ahead. They stay detached from all solutions; and thus embrace all solutions. By letting go of self, they find…

6. you are the proxy

Like the river in the valley, the Tao is never dried up. The Tao’s motion continuously provides, continuously emptying but never exhausted. It is always present within you. You can use it any way you want. It was made obvious in the very first chapter that the ethereal path that is the tao and the manifestations…

5. effectiveness in chaos

The Tao doesn’t differentiate; from it arise both good and evil. The wise engineer doesn’t differentiate; they welcome all The Tao is empty without being exhausted; the more it works, the more is given. Too much communication leads to silence. Better to hold fast to the center We’ve departed some from architecture and software inner-workings…

4. Clear but transparent

The Tao is empty, called and used but never exhausted eternal, empty,  and filled with infinite possibilities. It softens their resolve, It unties their confusion, It diminishes their importance. It bears their dust. The Tao is clear but transparent Penetrates and endures It created creation. The intent here is to re-enforce the way; show that…

Commentary: VW diesel emissions scandal

If you haven’t heard about VW’s cheating diesel cars, here’s a link. In a nutshell, the engine management software was programmed to change the performance (and emissions) of the engine if it detected that it was on a dynamometer, and therefore likely having it’s emissions checked. The engine would then revert to it’s standard, way…

3. actors & data

Not praising ability ends competition Not prizing possessions ends theft The engineer architects by emptying actor’s minds and filling their needs, by limiting their scope and strengthening their resolve. The engineer helps actors lose everything they know, everything they expect, and prevents the named things from doing anything. Practice not-doing, nothing is out of order….

2. let go and persist

When everyone agrees some things are beautiful, other things become ugly. When everyone agrees some practices as good, other practices become loathsome. Yet Procedural and OO create each other. Easy tasks create the difficult. Long and short shape each other. High and low; Before and after; require lookups. The wise engineer acts without doing and advocates without advocating. things arise and the engineer lets them come; things deprecate and…