What we can pull from this insightful piece of text from Mr. Ohma, are 3 fundamental things to arrive at the best possible solution or outcome to a project:
1. Using facts and reasoning, analyze the foundation or the root cause of the information available to you. Asking ‘why?’ questions or ‘is this true’ questions usually are a good start. For example, why production in Italy vs. production in Paris? Why use YKK zippers vs. RIRI zippers on my handbag design? Why are my customers (or fans or patrons) all of sudden wearing all black? Is it true that production in #NY is more expensive than in China? Know your industry and its best practices. Know your customers. But analyze and question everything, form your own conclusions, then make moves.
NOTE: You will seldom have 100% certainty to make a decision - if you wait for it too long, you will never seize an opportunity. Your best bet is to wait until you have somewhere between 40 - 70% clarity on the matter, then follow your gut and act.
2. Using your creativity and imagination, arrange your ideas, your resources, your constraints, and any other info relevant to your objective (ie the reason for your creative or business endeavor) into a new combination (ideally based on a duplicatable system or process) that will increase the chances of delivering the outcome you seek. This requires ample amounts of planning and organization. If you’re unwilling to do this most critical part, get a team to do it for you.
3. Consider and account for multiple points of view while formulating your plan of attack. Why? Because the approach to the outcome you seek, typically is not an obvious, straightforward path. It’s filled with twists and turns, back-steps, and, sometimes, momentary pauses. It’s seldom a clear march forward.
We all have our biases and weak points when analyzing things - this leaves us with blind spots while planning, which increases the risk of us not meeting our goals. A cross-functional or multi-disciplinary team can greatly help with this problem. In other words, get some people in the room with you who have a different perspective on things - ideally minds that have experience spotting potential pitfalls or opportunities ahead.
Posted by Kwasi Gyasi of MyUberLife