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Step: Basic Research

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Research BooksIn my experience, research is not a particularly fun job for most people.  Oddly, I really enjoy research of all kinds.

For most, the product design stage is a lot more fun, even the testing phase can be a lot of fun—particularly if the test involves test riding.  But, basic research is often a bit of snooze for “kids these days”—this MTV generation loves to get to the end point as fast as possible:  destination is all; the journey is a bit like bad wrapping paper.

It’s true that research takes a lot of time and can be frustrating; there’s no simple, clear, and universally correct way to do fundamental research. Often the way forward is a series of dead-ends and mistakes; and, more often than not, the results of research do not lead to a new product or process.

Fortunately, a lot of learning goes on during the mistakes and missteps.  In fact, isn’t that how most learning occurs? At least, that’s what I tell myself when I’m making my moment by moment mistakes.

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Determining True North

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
In the forest with map and compass.

In the forest with map and compass.

These first posts have been high-level and a bit philosophical—we’ve not been posting a lot of nitty-gritty content.  Fortunately, the Seven Cycles Collaborative is starting to resolve the philosophy of the project and moving into the “doing” part.  So, these posts will begin to show more technical elements rather than statements like, “We deconstructed the deconstruction”.  Wasn’t that from an REM song?

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Enthusiasm or Overstatement?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Super Premium Festive Cutlery?  Actually, it's, "super cheap plastic utensils".

Super Premium Festive Cutlery? Actually, it's, "super cheap plastic utensils".

Anyone that’s worked with me, or talked with me, for mor than 5-minutes knows that I’m not a cheerleader.  not only don’t I look like one, I also don’t talk like one.

So, it feels a bit odd that I’m so excited about the Collaborative with Seven Cycles.  I’m almost being a cheerleader–but not quite.

One of the reasons for this cheering-ness is that I’m so turned off by overstatement in product promises that I try not to have people confuse any hint of enthusiasm from me for overstatement.  It seems easy to cross the line in the 21st century.

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