Currently reading Pragmatic Thinking and Learning.
Exercise: Thinking about Context
What is a current problem on one of your project? What are the different systems involved? Where do they interact? How are these interaction points related to the problems you're seeing?
My project has engineers, product managers, designers, and executive leaders involved. It's interesting to think about where they interact and where they don't interact. For example, the engineers work on their own, then come to an all-hands meeting to discuss the work. People who are less technically savvy have not been briefed about the problem or haven't had any time at all to understand what we're trying to solve. On the other hand, people who have a higher level view of things start throwing out ideas which can frustrate the engineers who have probably spent most of their solving it from a different angle.
There are several smaller interaction points that could be established to get different combinations of people together to tackle smaller chunks of the problem. For example, what are all of the things that the PMs care about? What are limitations of the data from the engineer's point of view? What are the concerns of users from the designer's point of view? These are different conversations that probably can't effectively be had at an all-hands meeting.
What are three things you've analyzed out of context that caused you problems later?
i.e. What else is this connected to that we should have considered?
1) Gathered a design team together to design an elegant solution for a scheduling feature without talking to the developers first and considering the timeline needed to implement the design.
2) Created an seemingly elegant feature for enterprise software without considering future maintenance efforts from software engineers
3) As an undergraduate researcher, I once did qualitative research on a political topic and didn't realize that my participants were doing more than sharing their perspective; they were trying to get me to join their side of their issue (yikes!)
As you'll notice, a key part of this 30-day challenge is to quickly apply what I learn, quickly execute on any challenges recommended by book authors/teachers, and create exercises if none exist.