Giant Sucking Noise

Has this every happened at your company?

A problem is identified. The person doing the analysis only does a little before announcing their wonderful solution.

It seems problem solving is fun and creative. The person coming up with the solution feels so clever.

However, when full analysis is not done, it leaves a vacuum. And that giant sucking noise we hear is that solution based on half-assed analysis. It sucks because it does not fully solve anything.

But problem solving is funner when the analysis is incomplete – actual constraints and issues puts boundaries on the clever solutions. And analysis is so much work – not nearly as fun a being a clever problem solver.

A complete analysis usually practically points directly to a solution. The issue is vivid, the need real. But when we are led to the answer, where is the satisfaction of clever problem solving?

It is overwhelmed with the satisfaction of a good solution.


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