Following is a selection of the “best” articles based on various criteria. If you’re new here, they may be a good place to start!
Value Per Word
Good reads that you finish in less than 5 minutes.
- John the Toolmaker – Giving the unsung hero the praise he deserves but rarely gets.
- Optimise the Expensive First – Software encompasses many orders of magnitude. Optimisation should focus on removing high-order-of-magnitude operations.
- Handoff Waste and Taylorism – The most common management philosophy has wasted work built into it.
- The Reinforcing Nature of Toil – A look at how small interventions can yield impressive long-term improvements.
- Evolution Preserves the Status Quo – The force of evolution is often misunderstood, and this means we misunderstand innovation and business too.
The things I wouldn’t want to live and work without knowing.
- Bayes’ Rule in Odds Form – Phrasing Bayes’ rule differently makes it immediately much more useful in practise.
- War – What Is It Good For? – learning about a theory of war (and conflict more generally) that beats all other theories.
- Statistical Process Control: A Practitioner’s Guide – spc helps you do better at everything in life.
- The Misunderstood Kelly Criterion – Talking about optimal investment for long-term profit.
- Build vs. Buy – With the right perspective, the build vs. buy question is quite intuitive and easier to answer.
- The Hidden Cost of Heroics – When choosing a course of action, focus on flow of information over direct consequences.
These articles have a lot of page views.
- Tindall on Software Delays - An old school nasa manager reacting to a blown schedule in just the right way.
- It Takes Long To Become Gaussian - When the central limit theorem (and much of statistics with it) fails.
- Response Time Is the System Talking - A brief note on how we can deduce system utilisation from response time and dynamically adapt load.
- Emptying the Dishwasher with Systems Theory – The importance of finding points that change system dynamics.
- The AWK State Machine Parser Pattern - A simple pattern that makes it possible to consume surprisingly complex data with just awk.
- On Competing With C Using Haskell - A performance comparison between calling C code from Haskell and optimised Haskell code.
If you’re looking for something else, please see the Archive, a complete listing of all published articles.