Too often we get so caught up in the people, process and technology issues that we forget to use simple common sense. When trying to solve a complex problem, we ask questions like:
- How do John and Jane feel about it?
- What is the company policy?
- Is it compatible with our existing widgets?
The answers to these questions are interesting but common sense is far more valuable. Instead of getting bogged down by external factors, focus internally:
- What problem are we trying to solve?
- What constraints exist and can any of them be eliminated or relaxed?
- What is simplest solution that offers a path to completion?
Don’t box yourself in by applying so many constraints to the problem that no solution exists. Recognize that compromises have to be made. Apply common sense first and then validate your solution against external factors.
Always strive for the simplest solution to any problem. It will make you more agile!
For another perspective on employing common sense, read this post at Unboxed Consulting.