From Now On
|Vol 11|No 1|September|2001|
Chunking is a favorite problem solving strategy of many people - breaking up a task or problem into smaller sub tasks and then putting the chunks together later.
Sometimes people make the mistake of putting all the pieces of a new idea together before lifting it off the ground and testing it under realistic conditions. The new idea may be great in theory but sad in practice . . . weighty and impressive but impossible to sustain.
In this case, it was hard enough to carry six large posts and their framing down to the holes in the terrace. It took two people to carry the structure down and there were several times when it threatened to fall over and break.
Could the same happen with new ideas?
Thinkers and inventors learn to stage the development of projects and ideas, be careful not to rush the process or overload the system.
1. Looking for Plans & Conventional Wisdom 2. Adapting the Plans to Local Conditions 3. Collecting the Elements 4. Digging 5. Resting 6. Assembling and Cementing 7. Foundation Work 8. Assembly 9. Learning New Skills 10. Synthesis 11. Considering Context 12. More Assembly 13. Combination 14. Revision 15. Completion? 16. Extension? 17. Synthesis 18. Two More Sections 19. SCAMPER 20. Wondering 21. Looking Around 22. Growing the Idea
Credits: The photographs were shot by Jamie McKenzie.
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