GUEST POST — THE CURSE OF BINARY THINKING

The following post is a guest post by fellow Heretic and CEO & co-founder of BlossomThomas Schranz. I love his perspective — which I would argue affects not only technical founders but anyone who is “data driven”.

Are you familiar with the following, nagging questions:

As technical founder one of the main challenges I face is to get away from binary thinking.

While the ability to put reality into discrete buckets of true & false is handy when you write code and design databases it can easily cloud your mind.

If your default point of view of problem spaces is discrete you can easily get hung up on it and miss low hanging fruit & small steps into the right direction even if they lie directly in front of you.

Next time you find yourself trying to figure out how to bucket a situation or decision into true or false take a step back and try to explore the problem space.

Draw a continuous line. Draw a map. Go broad. Zoom out. Drill down again. Try to figure out…

Use “W”-Questions to help explore your problem space: Who, Why, Where, When, What?

Answering questions and making decisions is a means to an end. Focus on where you want to go.

Build What Matters.
Pascal ツ