The idea is something so obvious that after someone tells you about it, you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself 🙂
But an idea-prone would say “An idea is nothing more or less than a new combination of old elements” –James Webb Young
I know many who read lots of books and at the end just say “wow! That is an amazing read”, but what really matters is how you relate the information you read to the reality, analyzing and thinking about it, and then try to check if that will work to your context.
“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience” – Albert Einstein
My initial title for I can’t Nike, Because I Reebok was just I am what I am, when I was thinking about this article came across Nike showroom, which read Just Do it, at that time “I am what I am” was in my mind, suddenly “why should I just do it, I can’t because I am what I am” flashed in my mind. When I saw some offer sale, I thought “hey! This is like our automation testing, nothing will work out at the end” which turned out Unbelievable 80% off* post title. Gladiator was initially drafted to encourage people to bravely questioning the useless customs. But after reading this post by Shrinik in which he wrote about practising testing, adding that idea gave a new dimension entirely to my post. Even when I started with this post, I did not have Albert Einstein’s quotes; I combined them here after I came across Ajay’s tweet here. So, Idea is all about your thinking plus what is already in existence, when you stay with your thinking something will come towards you to make it much better.
“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”– Albert Einstein
I know, huh! Who will be interested in ideas I Combine? So
Coin Punch and the wine-press were around for centuries before Gutenberg saw and combined them to get printing press.
James J.Kitty saw a device that counted and recorded the turns of a propeller, so the world’s first cash register was born.
Rene Descartes combined arithmetic and geometry to get analytical geometry.
Ok, here are some ideas to get your own ideas. Of course, that will not make you idea-prone overnight, you need to practice harder.
Idea 0.0001: Think in your mother tongue, which gives you unlimited power to imagine, and then translates into English. That is the reason you find mistakes in my posts. If you are able to communicate you’re thinking clearly then English is of low priority. Dr A P J Abdul Kalam advocates thinking in the mother tongue. If I can write with less English knowledge, why can’t you? Eventually English improves as you write more.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
Idea 0.0002: I think and analyse my learning\readings while travelling on the bus every day. But I also remember to keep an eye on outside world, and they turn out to be the title sponsors ;). In India, most of the billion-dollar listed companies employees commute by company shuttle. Most of them travel at least an hour a day, without interacting with the co-worker seated nearby.
For those who don’t commute by bus, I got some better ideas
Idea 0.0003: Switch off the Idiot box for an hour a day plus a day in a week. When you switch on the TV your brain switches off.
Idea 0.0004: A Young India Special, Switch off your mini idiot box [mobile phones] an hour a day plus a day in a week.
Did you notice the additional benefits? You will be contributing towards a greener world, every day you are celebrating Earth Hour
Idea 0.0005: Don’t do things in a predefined and monotonous way. If you try something new, you will learn something new.
Idea 0.0006: When you are faced with the problem try visualising it instead of verbalising
Idea 0.0007: Please put in your ideas in the comments section, the target is to get one idea :).
Any metrics lovers out there, do you realise that quantity will not reflect the quality? [Execute 7.56 test cases/day, automate 4.79 tests/day, and find 12.8 defects/KLOC] If you want quantity I can manipulate anything you want, but if you wish to Quality believe in your people and train them for the needs.
Happy idea Hunting!!!
NOTE: “What an !dea sirji” is the marketing campaign used by Idea Cellular Ltd, India.
Sir Ji [Hindi and English mix] is a colloquial word used in North India. It is ascribed to a person who is resourceful and respected.