Tech Tuesday – The Beauty of Multiple Visions

by Frank Roche on October 5, 2010

in KnowHR

Water is all around us (especially today; it’s quite rainy in Philadelphia).  Because of its ubiquity, water is a compelling example of how multiple visions can apply to the same idea.  What do you imagine when you think of water?  Do you think it’s the same thing that everyone else imagines?

All of the following images are of one thing:

Water droplets

Ocean spray
Time sink

Running faucet

Rice paddies

There are many unique ways to solve technological or design problems.  There are hundreds of different programming languages, each of which requires a different flavor of thinking.  Every problem has its own nuances.  Every user has their own ways of working.  Every programmer has their favorite little touches or creative answers.

The point here is: you can’t force everyone else to share your vision.  You may be able to make compromises in solutions, but often these are suboptimal for everyone.  Why not appreciate the beauty in others‘ visions instead?  Do you want to shoot down the most compelling ocean landscape you’ve ever seen because you are imagining a kitchen faucet?

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