Thursday, June 21, 2018

Interesting problems to solve

Sometimes, an interesting problem gets thrown at you. And such it was that I found myself face to face with a team that had an interesting problem thrown at them. And I was called to help out.

I first spent time understanding their business and the nature of it, the market. That conversation was an eye opener for me - for I did not know the existence of this industry in this context at all. I spent time knowing how the industry runs, what is the driver and so on and worked on my design.

As I discussed the design with the leader, the leader suggested a set of interviews with the team.

These interviews made me re-think the design and go back with a much more simpler model than what was envisioned in the early stage of the requirement. (I suspect strongly the interviews were suggested as the leaders way of telling me that the design needed a change)

One thing led to another and the final design turned out to be very different from what we started out with. And the program was received well at all levels.

And this is why for me, it was an interesting assignment. It had a business problem to solve. It was a complex issue and it requires somewhat of a long term mindset change to solve it. I learnt a lot, because many of my initial assumptions were overturned and I had to go back to the drawing board a few times. And the client gave me a free hand to interview, explore the problems and go back with a design.

And of course, the fact that this was a client I really wanted to work with was the icing on the cake.

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