Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this site is to provide the background, ideas, and design for a simple way to gather, visualize, and query system knowledge. There are many larger products that handle parts of this in a much broader and flexible way; however, by simplifying, it is possible to generalize to the point that most artifacts and models related to systems analysis can be captured and created in the same way. While the most likely application is IT systems, this site should be useful in mapping any large system.
I have spent thirty years analyzing, operating, building, and programming IT systems. In the last six years I have focused on data flow diagrams for analysis of large, messy systems of many kinds. I realized that there was a common pattern in what I was creating, and that much of what I had done could be made easier and take less time by utilizing this pattern. I am well aware of Joel's Warning about Architect Astronauts, which is why I decided to take some time to document these ideas and selfdogfood. This site is created using Cruft Buster.