As the power of what humanity can do expands, each of us needs to manage more complex systems. But human minds often find it difficult to model the full complexity of reality and time, and need a structured and reliable approach to managing complex sets of information.

Systems architecture is a structured approach to understanding how things behave over time, in order to figure out how to make them work better.

It’s about modeling reality and time in order to know what to do.

It’s about creating a better-functioning whole out of pieces that are too complex to hold in your mind all at one time.

It’s about creating a conceptual design and model that explains not only how to build the system, and what it will do, but why it will do it.

It’s about understanding the way things work well enough to make useful predictions about how they will behave, and then using that understanding to design practical solutions to complex problems.

It’s about seeing likely futures through logic.

Consider the largest engineering and construction projects – the world’s great hydroelectric dams, or the interstate highway system – and how they have performed successfully for generations now; and imagine not just the masterful engineering but also the understanding of system dynamics over time that was necessary from the start.

Or consider a space flight – perhaps the most complex standalone project humans have ever undertaken – and imagine not just the technology but the superb management and forethought that was required for it to succeed.

Most of us do not fly to other worlds, nor do we need geoengineer the landscape to get our jobs done. But the projects we undertake today in business exhibit the same characteristics of increasing complexity, fewer human minds per task and less reflection time per project, and higher monetary stakes per employee, regardless of the scale involved.

Systems architecture provides tools and algorithms to help us manage the complexity that increases around us every day.

What is the world you would like to build?

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