Yeah, I know, I already got that side

Focusing on the solution to the problem ≠ Focusing on the problem

Two guys are getting together to go someonewhere. One is driving. The other guy meets the driver at his car, where the driver is doggedly using a metal coat hanger inserted into the door on the driver’s side. The second guy asks, what’s up? The driver explains he locked his keys in the car, so he’s trying to get the doors unlocked by jiggering the locks with the hanger. The second guy hangs out on the passenger’s side, and after awhile, out of boredom, tries the door. It opens. “Hey, the door’s open!” The driver guy, still totally focused on the hanger in the door on his side, says, “Yeah, I know, I already got that side.”

That little joke was funny when I first read it.

In my old Navy project management training, we were taught something called “Milestone Zero,” which can be summed up as, What problem are we trying to solve?

Case #1 What problem are we trying to solve? Make sure the backups went okay. I was trying to get Outlook to remind me of a task I had already completed, purely for the satisfaction (apparently) of checking the item done. The original problem, however, is solved.

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Husband & retiree. Developer, tech writer, & IT geek. I fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

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