Think Big

Think and design with the complete system in mind. See the “big picture” and understand the goals and objectives. Seeing the pig picture helps you identify, design, and make small changes. Understanding the complete system reduces the chance of making a series of small changes that do not fit in with the whole system.

Act Small

Make very small changes to the system. Make small, testable, functional, changes to the system.Keep the system working: Make a small change; Integrate the small change; Test the small change; Test the system. Is everything still running? Good. Make changes in what I call testable increments.

Small changes are easier to get done. Small changes are easier to verify. Small changes allow you to focus on just a little bit of the problem. Small changes allow you to learn faster, to validate assumptions faster, to allow you to innovate faster.

Small changes lead to better designs, better quality, and better solutions.

Making a lot of small, good changes adds up to a big, good system.


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