During a class I was giving the other day over at Edtech, we were looking at possible risks that might affect the theoretical products we were discussing. One team of students was hotly debating the relative importance of one of the risks. They couldn’t agree how much of a problem it would be if they discovered that something similar already existed on the market. I call this The Coffee Shop Problem.
Does this sound familiar?
- Write document ‘A’
- Copy most of its contents into template ‘B’
- Rework same content into slideshow ‘C’
- Copy slide images into document ‘D’
- PDF and circulate an executive summary of document ‘D’ for feedback from EVERYONE IN THE COMPANY
- File documents A-D in a folder no-one will ever inspect again
If so, read on…