Start Simple


In complex systems, the only iron law is the Law of Unintended Consequences. When building a Pattern Language, we embark on a social investigation of a complex system.To maximise learning and minimise unintended consequences, start with the simplest, most obvious characteristics of the system, and attempt to document these.


Overconfident attempts to document complex systems tend to misfire.
This pattern is intended to be the equivalent of the Pattern 'Site Repair' from the original 'APL book. -link-


Start with simple, obvious, relatable conditions of the system, and work to understand these well.


Follow-on patterns will need to describe the development of work across the domian - an equivalent of the original 'Gradual Stiffening" pattern. -link-