Zero to Many to One

If you’ve taken my courses, you know I say this a lot.  This is just a reminder.  The solution development process unfolds in a way that takes you from zero to many to one.  You have a design problem.  You start, in theory, with no solution.  You end up, ideally, with one solution.  In between, you generate and evaluate multiple possible solutions.

Sometimes, in our eagerness to “solve the problem,” we are too quick to say “okay, those are enough possible solutions.”  I think generating possible solutions is half the fun because that is where you get to be creative and innovative, exploring new possibilities and maybe taking a fresh look at some typical problems.  If time allows, use the opportunity to say: “Okay, that’s great; but, now, let’s try it this way.”