Also, Paul Polak's 12 steps to Practical Problem Solving:
- Go to where the action is.
- Talk to the people with the problem, and listen to them.
- Learn everything you can about the specific context.
- Think and act big.
- Think like a child (my favorite).
- See and do the obvious.
- Don't reinvent things.
- Design to critical price targets.
- Design to measurable improvement (I interpret as scalability).
- Work to practical three years plans.
- Keep learning from your customers.
- Stay positive, don't be distracted by what other people think.
After all that, Ben (don't know his last name, will find out) shared with the IDDS Participants a brief on the Design Process, using his example on working on De-mining equipment in Cambodia (have to double check that). Finally, Amy Smith shared with us demonstrations of her Charcoal Project and Corn Sheller projects. We ended the day at a local Chinese restaurant, where Oswee told me about his work as an Animal Science instructor. Apparently, if you want chickens to lay more eggs, you need to expose them to more sunlight (16 hours is optimal). The day still wasn't over, a group of us ended by playing soccer into the late hours.