A talented developer asked me “what is the core, the most basic element of the production pipeline”? They referred to this as the Atomic Unit.

I like using that term in different contexts now. What is the core component to build a system around?

All the applications and services I’ve tried haven’t stuck. No one app will be perfect. And yes, I should focus on committing for longer periods of time. But the shiny new thing is here, now.

But the note, the calendar appointment, the next action, the blog post. These are all wrong Atomic Units to build around. For me.

People and relationships are that Atomic Unit. The thing that matters most. The thing I should build systems for. I should use tools and services to serve, communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with Poeple. It’s the people that matter most.