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Database Brainstorming


Database Brainstorming

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Steve Jones
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I was taught the Disney approach to gathering new ideas. Capturing ideas without judgement is a very good way at accumulating a lot of ideas really quickly. If you try and judge ideas as you go along then you might get 3 or 4 ideas that are, at best, evolutionary. Capturing without judgement might give you
4 evolutionary ideas
+8 barking mad ideas
+2 promising lines of investigation
+2 Radical and revolutionary ideas
16 ideas, 12 more than you would have got. Who is to say that the really great idea won't be the 9th, 11th, or the 16th? You'd be really lucky if it was in the first four!

For me the important thing about new ideas are that they give us something new to talk about, an opportunity to find common ground where entrenched views and approaches are a barren and hostile landscape.


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I'm converging on Dave Poole's way of thinking BigGrin
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You mean actually think things through before rushing to get code out the door?

What a revolutionary concept!

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At the risk of being a little picky, it bugs me when I see statements like 'strictly a right brain thing'. It's profoundly inaccurate, based on some vague generalizations made long ago which have invaded pop culture as actual truth. There are not two completely different modes of thinking and they are not rigidly connected to brain side (unlike certain sensory and motor functions which are correlated to brain side).

Starts to sound a bit too much like self help babble.

I will now go back to my cave.

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Challenging article, Steve. For me, it hits closer to home, rather than work. Probably like everyone whose a member of SQL Server Central, I'm a convergent thinker. It comes naturally, as I'm sure it does for all of us. At home, when certain issues come up that leads to a crisis of one sort or another, I now realize I don't spend any real time thinking creatively. I'm so driven to think of "get something done", that I won't explore other possible alternatives that I haven't done in years past. Often, for me, that results in despair and feeling trapped, because my solutions don't resolve the problem. I'm challenged, by this post, to force myself to be more creative, or divergent. I appreciate the fact the article you linked to gave different suggestions as to how to practice being more creative. I think it would probably be a great idea for me to do some creative exercises on my own, at home, where I think I really need this the most.

Here at work, it's a different matter. I'm now a part of a large IT organization. In such organizations I have come to the conclusion that the tendency is to compartmentalize everyone. "Your a developer/DBA, therefore you cannot be creative.", "Your a business analyst, therefore you socialize and can be the creative element.", etc. I've mentioned before, that I'm on a team working to redo an old warehousing type of application, updating the technology to something more sustainable. However, I and the other developers/DBAs are all sidelined, while the BA's are spending the time redesigning the database. They're doing the "creative" work, because that's how they're perceived to be. And we're not, because that's not the prevailing view here of DBAs and developers.

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