From the Inside Flap
This book draws from the aphorisms of the East and the Rationalism of the West and brings both to bear on the challenging task of computer system design. Chapters consider the quintessence of Analysis, Design, Consulting, Business, Economics, Culture, Methodology, and Modeling. Each topic is looked at from a perspective that will give experienced or aspiring analysts a new way of looking at their jobs.
1. Choose the Middle Way.
2. Embrace Contradiction.
3. There are Many Ways to the Mountaintop.
4. You Can Answer Every Question.
5. Five Whys will Make You Wise.
6. Everybody Knows About Chicken Feed.
7. Model the World.
8. One who has Never Erred is Dangerous.
About the Author
PATRICK McDERMOTT was a professional economist before becoming a computer programmer, and so understands Business Art and Systems Science, and connects them in his writing and teaching. He teaches seminars at Cal Berkeley Extension and runs his own consulting firm, in Oakland, specializing in training and consulting on computer technology.