Lesson Learnt Today – Do Nothing Strategy for Problem Solving

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.


About Nilendu Misra
I love to learn, create and coach. Things that I do well are - Communicating ideas - verbally or through words and diagrams; Problem Solving - Logical or Abstract; Very Large Scale Systems; think about 'Frighteningly Simple' approach first. Things that I intend to do better are - Establishing Stringent Process; Exchanging Tough Feedback; Keeping up with my reading or To-Do list to be able to completely relax.

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