About (Software) Quality

When I attended the University of Leiden Software-Development was in its infancy. In 1969 just a few people were programming for the simple reason that the amount of computers was very low. It took a lot of time (many weeks), intelligence and perseverance to create a small working software-program. At that time the effect of a software-program on other people was very low. Software-programs were used by the programmers themselves to solve their own problems. When User-Interfaces, Databases and Telecommunication appeared it became possible to create software for Many Non-Programmers, Users. The software-systems got bigger and programmers had to cooperate … Continue reading About (Software) Quality

About the Human Measure

A few years ago (2003) somebody asked me to address the Dutch IT Architecture Congress. The subject was the Human Measure. To understand the Human Measure you have understand the relationship between the Human Being and The Human Measure System, The Emotions. At that time I was already highly influenced by Will McWhinney so I used his model of the Four Worldviews to describe the Human. Later I discovered a Fifth Worldview (Consciousness) that was hidden in his teachings. The consciousness is the monitor of the Whole of the Human Being. It reflects about the behavior of the parts and … Continue reading About the Human Measure

About Ontology

Metaphysics is a theory of being in itself, of the essence of things, of the fundamental principles of existence and reality. A major part of Metaphysics is concerned with the Static Part of the Reality, Being (Ontos, Ontology). The main issues of Metaphysics can be simply derived by playing with the verb to-be. Behind Ontology (Being) is the verb to Be. The noun Being is-a-State-of to Be. When we take the first-derative, the difference of Being, Being becomes Becoming. When you apply Causal Reasoning you have to find out Who is the Cause of the change of Being to Becoming. … Continue reading About Ontology

Why Weapons are Unable to Enforce Peace or How We Create our own Enemies

You don’t need to be a scientist to understand that hostile behavior always attracts hostile behavior. So if you want to Enforce Peace with Violence you will always attract Violence. Perhaps if you could eliminate the Cause of Violence it would be possible to stop the Violence. If you could eliminate Saddam Hussein or Adolph Hitler you end it all. Sadly enough those people are not the only cause of the violence. They are the Symbol of Something that is creating the violence. Behind those people are other people who support the Leader, the Followers. They support the Leader because … Continue reading Why Weapons are Unable to Enforce Peace or How We Create our own Enemies

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About Paths of Change by Will McWhinney

“Oh, beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I’m on the pollen path.” About ten years ago I met Will McWhinney. Will became the most influential person in my whole life. He died this year. Will wrote just one book called Paths of Change. Paths of Change is based on the ancient Navajo Pollen Path. Will was an expert in the myths and culture of the Ancient Tribes that lived in the Four Corners-area of New Mexico.  Every year he organized a seminar in the Ghost Range for his ex-PHD-students. … Continue reading About Paths of Change by Will McWhinney