We asked the customer if we could hold off on Bluetooth for version 1 and they agreed. The S5 engineers had the important core functionality working in under two days. There was more engineering to be done, but the necessary functionality was working quickly after a long and unnecessary wait. Focusing on the right problem made all the difference.
This is not an excuse to take too many coffee breaks or spend all your time at the water cooler chatting about last night's game (although some of that might work!). It is more than that. It is about getting in a state of Constructive Distraction that lets your whole brain be involved in solving problems. A good distraction can put some distance between your conscious mind and the problem, allowing your unconscious mind to engage.
Sometimes taking time away from a problem can be the most productive way of solving it.
Do you do this? What works for you to provide Constructive Distraction?
We received a very nice thank you note today from Blue Origin for our involvement with the New Shepard program that made it's first human flight in July.
Congratulations to Blue Origin, and thanks to the S5 Solutions team and all their effort, especially Tony Kuiper, the project lead on the S5 side.
We are proud to have been part of such an historic event.
Remember that people are usually part of the systems we design. Good design solves problems for people.