If At First…
Since first naming the Antimatter Principle back in October 2013, it has featured in quite a few posts of mine. Even whilst composing that first post I suspected that I would have trouble adequately explaining such an “out there” idea.
And so, it seems, it has proven.
I say “it seems” because I have had very few folks engage with me on the topic. Reactions, one way or the other, have been sparse.
I reflect that “change”, as John Seddon is wont to observe, “is a normative process”. Folks have to experience a thing, first hand, to really begin to grasp that thing.
And, God knows, there’s precious few folks in precious few organisations consciously practicing “attending to folks’ needs” – or, indeed, anything even remotely like that.
“You only understand something relative to something you already understand.”
~ Richard Saul Wurman
For the vast majority of folks involved in “technical” work, where decades of collective wisdom has focussed on “process”, or leadership/management, I can appreciate that breaking out of those frames and exploring a very different, and alien, new frame may feel…discomforting?
So, by way of eating my own dogfood, I ask “To what – and to whose – needs am I attending with the Antimatter Principle?”
My own, certainly:
A need for joyful connection with others.
A need for dialogue and exchange of perspectives.
A need for fellowship in the mutual exploration of the mysteries of the Universe – and more specifically, the mysteries of software development.
And for others? I see folks everywhere trying to figure out “this software thing”. I.E. Looking for answers to questions about productivity, quality, mastery, job satisfaction, and other such matters. I offer the Antimatter Principle as one possibility for a path to pursue in seeking such answers.
Having signposted this particular path – what I call the people path – I feel it best to leave folks free to choose which path they may wish to follow, if any.
“The most essential prerequisite to understanding is to be able to admit when you don’t understand something”
~ Richard Saul Wurman
So why rake over these old coals? Am I flogging (sic) a dead horse? Is it time yet to dismount?
Would you be willing to suggest something, by way of explanation, that might help you grasp the concept – sufficiently at least to consider it’s implications and ramifications?
And would you be willing to share some of your needs in this regard?
Interview: Richard Saul Wurman; In Search of the God of Understanding ~ Nadine Epstein