Lesson Learnt Today – Do Nothing Strategy for Problem Solving
February 13, 2011
Got this interesting idea from ‘Why Things Break‘ — sometimes you should *do nothing* to solve a problem, and it really goes away. Corollary – do not blindly embrace a solution just because it worked so well elsewhere.
Example – When it snows badly in Boston, it gets shoveled. Denver is 5000 ft higher and 5 degrees farther south, so it receives a more intense winter sun. That sunlight causes snow to directly turn into vapor – a process known as sublimation. How fast the snow vanishes depends on how much snow is exposed to the sunlight. If snow in Denver is shoveled into piles surface area of it exposed to sun is reduced. Therefore mostly the snow situation is ‘ignored’ and it takes care of itself with time.