Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:21:01 +0000 (UTC) Message-ID: <2117478893.138952.1594920061520@menji.openmrs.org> Subject: Exported From Confluence MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/related; boundary="----=_Part_138951_740796177.1594920061519" ------=_Part_138951_740796177.1594920061519 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Location: file:///C:/exported.html The Story of the Floss

# The Story of the Floss

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This story grew out of years of watching Cle= m McDonald in action, famously productive, while others seemed to = spin their wheels. It is much the same message as the Cathedral and the Bazaar.

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## Clem and another group are faced with the sam= e challenge: build a bridge across a canyon.

The other group =E2=80=94 like most of us would =E2=80=94 gathers = engineers, draws up specifications, and begins planning on how the bridge s= hould be constructed properly.  Meanwhile, Clem pulls a box of dental = floss out of his pocket, unwinds it, and throws it across the canyon. Almos= t immediately, he's got something across the canyon. It's only floss, but i= t's there =E2=80=94 end to end.
The other group is arguing about wheth= er the bridge should be a beam, suspension, truss, or arch bridge.  Cl= em starts layering paper m=C3=A2ch=C3=A9 onto the floss.

The other g= roup has finally decided on a suspension bridge and begins preparing the ma= terials according to specifications.  Clem has people walking across h= is paper m=C3=A2ch=C3=A9 bridge.
The other group realizes that they wo= uld probably be better off with a truss bridge, begins discussions on the n= ew specifications, and then realizes that they are too far over budget and = the project is shut down.  Clem has people driving across his bridge. =

The other group finally creates their version of the bridge, only to r= ealize it doesn't reach over to the other side where they initially intende= d it to!

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## = The Lesson

Whenever possible, start with the floss. See the solution through end-to= -end, since this is often the best way to understand the problem and often = informs the next pass at the solution. In the end, it is rare that we fully= understand the problem until the third iteration of the solution.

Be agile, open to corrections, and iterate on your solutions. But, most = importantly, take action.

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