an illustration of the author James S. Wheaton
Applying systems thinking to our complex, irrational world

Reading Library

This page is under construction. Some listings may be added, removed, or annotated at my discretion.

Systems Thinking

  • Systems Praxis Framework by INCOSE and ISSS
  • Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World by John D. Sterman
  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Science of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge
  • Critical Path by R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder by Nicholas Nassim Taleb
  • Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results by Mike Rother
  • Cybernetics: or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine by Norbert Wiener
  • The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society by Norbert Wiener
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
  • Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences) by Gregory Bateson
  • Human Dynamics: A New Framework for Understanding People and Realizing the Potential in Our Organizations by Sandra Seagal
  • The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision by Fritjof Capra
    • The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
    • The Hidden Connections: Integrating the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability
    • The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance
    • The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
  • Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick
  • Spatial Organization: The Geographer’s View of the World by Ronald F. Abler
  • Waging War on Complexity Costs: Reshape Your Cost Structure, Free Up Cash Flows and Boost Productivity by Attacking Process, Product and Organizational Complexity by Andrei Perumal
  • Complexity Map (Wikipedia)
  • Complex systems organizational map (Wikipedia)

Hacker Ethos & Cypherpunk

  • A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace by John Perry Barlow
  • A Cyberpunk Manifesto by Christian As. Kirtchev
  • A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto by Eric Hughes
  • The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary by Eric S. Raymond
  • The Unix-Haters Handbook by Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise and Steven Strassmann
  • Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil


  • Simple & Direct by Jacques Barzun
  • The Reader Over Your Shoulder by Robert Graves & Alan Hodge
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White
  • The Modern Researcher by Jacques Barzun


  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill & Rebecca R. Merrill
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  • Self-University: The Price of Tuition Is the Desire to Learn: Your Degree Is a Better Life by Charles D. Hayes


  • A Grand Challenge Proposal for Formal Methods: A Verified Stack by J Strother Moore
  • Seamless Model Driven Systems Engineering Based on Formal Models by Manfred Broy
  • Reflections on Trusting Trust by Ken Thompson (1984)
  • C Is Not a Low-level Language: Your computer is not a fast PDP-11 by David Chisnall (2018)
  • Position paper: the science of deep specification by Andrew W. Appel, Lennart Beringer, Adam Chlipala, Benjamin C. Pierce, Zhong Shao, Stephanie Weirich, Steve Zdancewic
  • The Surprising Security Benefits of End-to-End Formal Proofs by Adam Chlipala (2018)

Reference Material

Systems Engineering
  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook: A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities (4th Ed.) by INCOSE
  • Effective Model-Based Systems Engineering by Borky and Bradley
  • Systems Engineering and Analysis by Blanchard and Fabrycky
  • Model-based System and Architecture Engineering with the Arcadia Method by Jean-Luc Voirin
  • Systems Architecture Modeling with the Arcadia Method – A Practical Guide to Capella Modeling Tool by Pascal Roques
  • A Practical Guide to SysML: A Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language by Sanford Friedenthal, Rick Steiner, Alan Moore
  • Sysmod - The Systems Modeling Toolbox - Pragmatic MBSE with SysML by Tim Weilkiens
Bodies of Knowledge
  • Systems Engineering (SEBoK)
  • Software Engineering (SWEBoK)
  • Project Management (PMBOK)
  • Engineering Management (EMBoK)
  • Business Analysis (BABOK)
  • Data Management (DAMA-DMBOK)