Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Where to Hunt

I was in a meeting with a very wise man. We were discussing the elements of a rather complicated project; a pioneering one with possibilities and drawbacks.

Most of our discussion revolved around how to make the various stages work. The more we explored those, the more complicated the project appeared. It was at that point when he looked up, winced, and slowly described how the goal might be achieved through the use of some existing channels rather than chopping a rough path through a rainforest.

The simplicity and beauty of his approach reminded me of an old management maxim:

If you want to go hunting, start at the zoo.

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