Saturday, March 30, 2013

Are good solutions always expensive?

Almost every day I'm confronted with dilemma's and problems that need an adequate solution. Many people inside my company ask me advice about how solving problems or finding the best solutions for. Sometimes finding solutions means make investments or spend money to buy goods or services for the company. Expensive solutions seems almost always to be the best but… is that true? Before I take a decision on a matter I keep always a story in my mind about the NASA and the Russians; I don't know if this story is true, but I think it's a great example how sometimes things work. Read… "When NASA first started sending up astronauts in the cold space, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To solve this the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 millions to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 C. The Russians used just a normal pencil." What can we learn from this story? I guess… if you are looking for a solution, clear your mind and think simple, but most of all… THINK!

1 comment:

  1. I like this post, really, because I strongly agree with you. The quality of a solution is not actually dependent on the solution's cost or its complexity, but on its effectiveness, and the simpler and more elegant it is, the better. As Sherlock Holmes always said, always look for the simplest and most natural solution.

    I can vaguely recall a tale from Aesop's Fables, about how a cat or something met a fox or whatever and while discussing how to escape hounds, the cat said that he knew of only one way - to climb a tree, which the fox ridiculed, proud that he knew of a hundred ways, and when hounds actually appeared on the scene, the cat simply climbed the tree, while the fox could not decide which of his hundred ways to use by the time the hounds got to him.