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Systems thinking: Gall’s Law

Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.

As described by David Perell in his very interesting 50 Ideas That Changed My Life

Nicely expressed.

Start small (with an MVP for an MVA) and iterate.

See also:

Systems: complicated and complex – Aaron Dignan

Podcast Recommendation: Econtalk with Alain Bertaud on Cities, Planning, and Order Without Design

Maximising components vs maximising systems

Building systems, questioning statistics, finding things out, decline and fall

Lant Pritchett on reducing learning poverty: targeted interventions vs systemic change

Seth Godin on slack in systems

More from Seth Godin on slack in systems and resilience

Machine. Ecosystem. (4) – Marc Andreessen on Systems Thinking

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