My take away from the first chapter -- Alan describes a Mapper vs Packer mental model for learning and applying to work.
At least from my interpretation. It seems the Mapper is an individual who learns through lots of daydreaming and reflection which creates a large internal mental model about a problem. Which leads to large leaps of intuition which can be extremely productive, but also contrary to industrialized workflows.
The Packer learns and approaches work with a kind of giant hash map in their head. They excel at memory and work towards finding and memorizing as many correct solutions to problems as they can. They improve their performance by improving the number of things they remember. This approach works very well with highly structured approaches to project management.
@lordbowlich "Those of you who spend time on solitary walks, in heavy metal bars or whatever does it for you, feeling somehow uncomfortable until suddenly a penny you didn't even know you were looking for drops, are already operational." I feel called out by this.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.