“A good tool should recede, because life is a firehose”.

Life is a firehose: That’s how it feels sometimes, things come at you fast and you have to jump and dodge, and often times HANDLE IT. It’s tools that help us do those things, but if the tools get in the way of actually helping you then they’re a liability.

A good tool should recede: When you use the steering wheel in your car, do you think about using it? I’ll tell you, you don’t, you just use it. Whatever tools that you’re using to help handle your life should be as invisible as possible, i.e. it’s visibility profile should be minimal.

For software developers in the reading group, be aware that your software should not get in the way of people doing their job. If you’ve designed it well, they shouldn’t even notice it’s there.