Article PDF: 7.2.1 Proven Methods

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Sun Tzu's eight rules for identifying and recognizing the limits of best practices.

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This article describes how we leverage the forces of our environment only with proven know-how. Our world works because it is built on thousands of years of accumulated human knowledge. It requires work to prove which techniques, methods processes, and activities work best to accomplish a certain set of goal. As our technical knowledge has grown more complex, we each master a smaller and smaller piece of the whole. As our success at manipulating our environment has grown, more and more of us are isolated from the hard realities of nature. Complexity leads to chaos if the connections tying together our know-how are not preserved and passed down from generation to generation.