In my not-quite-on-task state (while on hols) I have been reflecting, see above, on the process of ODS. Perhaps it is a bit like an assault on Everest, everything is planned and prescribed (down to the templates) and you walk beyond your sleeping height before partially retracing your steps. In the same way we frame our challenge, examine it, then refine. We evaluate case studies and frameworks, then use these for a crude design. Our design is improved through prototyping with the explicit intention of critiquing and improving it. Redoing and revisiting is part of the process, along with BOTWOO (building on the work of others).

Alrhought the process is involved (and complicated by 4 way communication), what is healthy is to hold things loosely, to accept that getting it right first time is unlikely, and to be prepared to be a critical friend to your own work.

Funnily enough is this not the heart of reflective practice?


2 thoughts on “Everest

  1. But is it healthy when we start to feel as if we are going around in circles and start to doubt ourselves? whilst the end product may be arguably better , doe it mean this is almost over thought?

    • Definitely. I have two books at home “PRINCE 2” (300 pages) and “Tailoring Prince” (50 pages), the methodology could be sound, but it needs to be scaled to an appropriate point suited to the project in question. This was a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

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