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Our next premise is that we must minimize propagating changes throughout the system.
This follows from our premise of minimal information:
- Propagating changes throughout a system means we need to be aware of additional required changes.
- This means we need to be aware of more things than if there were no additional required changes.
- This conflicts with our premise of minimal information.
It is also a suggested requirement for making systems that are easy to change:
- Less propagating changes means less changes are required overall.
- Which means less work is required to change the system.
- Which suggests that the system is easier to change.