Have you discovered ChangeThis yet?  A constant flow of interesting ideas.  The most recent addition is Mind of the Innovator: Taming the Traps of Traditional Thinking.  Great stuff!

Guy has a great outline on the 7 Sins of Solutions, the traps.  What I love about the manifesto is that it goes on to include an excellent exercise tool that can be used to neutralize the 7 sins of solutions.  Based on the acronym IDEA, the steps are:

  • Investigate: Conduct the fact finding necessary to fully analyze the situation
  • Design: Generate ideas and solutions based on a complete investigation
  • Execute: Conduct an experiment to quickly pilot a solution or design prototype
  • Adjust: Assess results and improve the design based on user feedback

Well worth a careful read.  Take your time.  Give it some good attention.  Perhaps the key statement to me is that "we’re pretty good at the middle part of the process."  Isn’t that the truth!  We can all design and execute.  But do we take the time to investigate fully on the front end and then adjust based on user feedback on the back end?  Not usually.

Check out the whole article right here.


Taming the Traps of Traditional Thinking