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InnovatingA Doer's Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong$
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Luis Perez-Breva

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035354

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035354.001.0001

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The World Is Your Lab: You Need a Notebook to Converse with Yourself

The World Is Your Lab: You Need a Notebook to Converse with Yourself

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(p.331) 12 The World Is Your Lab: You Need a Notebook to Converse with Yourself
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Innovating
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Luis Perez-Breva

Nick Fuhrer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035354.003.0012

To derive benefit from documentation when you have only a hunch, you must dispense with the notion that documentation is just record keeping. Capture your thoughts without regard for being wrong; our brains have no problem drawing the seemingly preposterous connections that fuel innovating. The benefits of documentation will be most easily understood by future-you—the real expert at what you are doing and fully equipped with hindsight. So, get ideas out of your brain and documented before the memory of an idea you once had becomes more important than the idea ever was. Later, when your brain finds it again, it will become a near miss. That and everything it helps your brain remember can be a part.

Keywords:   Documentation, Future-you, Future, Hindsight

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