Tuesday, May 06, 2008

What's that you've found?

15 comments:

Shane Killian said...

Nice. Personally, I think you need a third dot for something high on both axes: "invention."

gaijin said...

Love it! The upper right point of the graph might be labelled 'value'

Mark said...

shane took my thoughts

Benjamin Sternke said...

I, too, was thinking about that upper-right position. 'Value' and 'invention' are good words for it, I think. I wonder if we could also put 'good work' up there, because I think we need both.

Yes, we need innovation. We need surprising solutions from unlikely sources, we need creativity and a culture of play in order to venture out into new areas.

But we also need inspection. We need to hone processes so they are actually "producing fruit" (to use a biblical metaphor). We need to do good work, not just innovative work.

And we'll probably need some innovation to come up with solutions to the problems that inspection discovers. Just because inspection doesn't have any solutions doesn't mean the problems aren't real.

Inspection without innovation leads to soul-crushing bureaucracy and death-by-inertia. But innovation without inspection leads to burn-out, waste, and ineffectiveness. We need both.

Good card!

Lucas said...

I'm a big fan of your blog!

Cheers from Brazil!

Anonymous said...

I love how a simple notecard brings up such deep discussion on where other words would be placed on a given graph.
Nice work on this one.

oddball said...

The top right dot could be "presumption", which leads to ignominy.

Grat blog.

Cheers from Brazil!(2)

Test said...

Thanks...

Unfortunately we seem to live in a culture committed to "progress without change."

Photobuch said...

Great post! are you a student of Math. I like the graph. Thanks for your post!

ewkpates said...

Inspection: Assessment based on a standard.
Innovation: New solution to old problem, generally with no new resources.
Upper Right Corner: Management.

This is what management is actually supposed to do... from assembly lines to Just In Time manufacturing. Invention is what you do when you find solutions with new resources, usually what is new is either the science or tool. Value is maybe the back of the card, where you find out the result of the inspection and/or innovation.

jefferson said...

ewkpates -

I think you're describing a Venn diagram, where management is the intersection between inspection and invention, no?

John M said...

Since the axes are both about "finding", the dot in the upper right corner should be "Mother" as in necessity is the mother of all invention.

CJ said...

My label for the upper-right dot: philosophy.

Rob (UK) said...

Some problems found by inspection are related to re-invention, mainly because everyone forgot how they did it last time!

Anonymous said...

There should be a dot in the middle that says "One of those robot vacuum thingies."

 
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