Breaking Boundaries

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Imagine a team of talented people working together, developing the next generation of their flagship product. They have to design and manage a change so significant it will affect all variants of their multi-platform product, and of course, it has to be ready and launched seamlessly in perfect synchronization. It is a delicate design and engineering task, but as subtle as it is, its scope is vast. Millions of users are to be affected by it. The upcoming release is designed to introduce a major improvement to the product, but if something goes wrong, users could be left without the ability to use the service for days. What picture do you have in mind when reading this description? Can you see this team working together? How does this group effort look like? Do you see a big room, a lot of laptops on the table, a huge whiteboard with sketches, and the commotion of an ongoing brainstorming (or multiple instances of it) filling the space? Now, imagine your task is to build such a team from scratch. What do you do? If you are like most managers in most companies, you probably start to look around. You turn to local … Read More

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the challenge   After the experience I had yesterday, we are back to basics today. Well, more or less. Our assignment is based on creative exploration — capturing an Insight inspired by the Eclipse Seed.

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the challenge   When I opened seempli’s Master Your Creativity page this morning I got the Story Line Prism and with it the Jazz Seed. It was (and still is) a rainy Saturday and I didn’t feel like going out exploring the streets. So instead, I used this chance for a different kind of exploration.

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the challenge   It’s a seempli open challenge day here at Habit Zero, which means we are just looking for interesting Insights to capture and reflect on — no Seed, no association. The world is our inspiration. But let’s add to that a simple constraint: the Insight we capture should be in black and white.

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the challenge   What does going in circles have to do with chopsticks? This is what we will try to find out today. We are playing with the Going in Circles Prism which adds a constraint to our creative exploration: the Insights we capture must include circles. And the Seed we will play with is the Chopsticks Seed. How can the two connect? Let’s see.

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the challenge   The Prism we are playing with today is called Super Glue, and it will take us both on a creative writing assignment and on a creative exploration. The first part of the challenge is writing an ultra-short story with exactly 50 words which includes the titles of both Seeds: Time Standing Still and Opportunity. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of 50-Word Stories, you can look it up, but basically what you need to know is that the story should be made of exactly 50 words — no more and no less. How can you squeeze a meaningful idea into exactly 50 words? Well, that’s part of the challenge! The second part of today’s assignment is to capture an Insight inspired by the story.

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the challenge   Today I am playing with the Colorize Prism which introduces an arbitrary constraint to the creative exploration. My challenge is to capture an Insight inspired by the Seed’s title, but at the same time, the Insight must include a touch of the color of the Seed.

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the challenge   It’s raining today, so outdoor exploration is not an option. I got the Exploration Prism, but I will play with it indoor. And the Seed I got with it is the Mustache Seed. Time to look around me and find an Insight.

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the challenge     Our creative assignment for today is to look around us for Insights inspired by the Gradient]( Seed. Like all other Seeds, the title can have many interpretations and associations. This time I decided to go for the most immediate one (at least for a photographer): looking for gradient colors. Don’t limit yourself to this specific interpretation, of course. As always, anything goes.

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the challenge   Do you ever get the feeling you are surrounded by arbitrary constraints limiting your moves, confining you to a solution space which does not look too promising? Well, if you are into “the theory of creativity” you already know that although it sounds counter-intuitive, constraints boost creativity. When you are surrounded with boundaries, your brain finds its way to a creative solution — even if the constraints are artificial.