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2019-12-30 | Subject | Chimp Notches

I've been floundering around for months now, struggling with some conflicting information. I am convinced to my bones that models can help us as a species, in particular broader system models. I am convinced that we are deprecating the need for models as a culture, and replacing it with in-the-now streams and four-week cycles of interest. We are also outsourcing our models in our organizations through cloud services and object-oriented approaches that abstract arbitrarily. Apparently, natural humans without social/learning/language/models are just a minor notch above chimpanzees, from what I can see as I'm reading about cognition. We generally use all kind of models and frameworks to change and deal with our world. It is a huge area, and one that I've been kind of blind about... a tunnel vision. I realized a pattern between the types of models I've used to facilitate IT, and have been translating it into a useful model, but I have been stymied by the reaction. I don't know one person that sees it as I see it after a full demo. People get the excitement and the energy. People see parts of it. But I don't think that anybody gets it the same way I do. My epiphany on this, is that it is the very nature of models themselves. It goes back to the slight difference in notches we are above chimps. We understand our world within models and frameworks. This explains the disconnect. One thing that was quite exciting, though, is that I found a thread of knowledge, models that already exist around this area, that the VW Idiot guide author wrote about. Because of this, and the fact that everybody knows why books like that are good, I am refactoring all of my model explanations around that book. Getting somebody to jump right in to using a tree schema as a cookie cutter data model across documentation, data flow, and component diagrams doesn't work because people don't generally work that way cognitively. I have to use a model they are already aware of.

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