Got a Problem? Try a Comprehensive Redesign

An analysis of the bike seat is a good starting point for changing the usual concepts in problem solving.

Monday, March 11, 2013

In his discussion of the theme in an article in, Alvaro Cedeño uses a credible story about the origin of the thing we have to sit on when using a bicycle.

"... The bicycle seat was a carbon copy of another seat, used in a widespread manner at the time of the invention of the bike, the saddle."

"... Why should those who so ingeniously designed the bike, simply copy the saddle used on a horse? Lets Fantasize. Its possibly that when they "placed" or "positioned" the bicycle, they described it as a horse they did not eat, made no mess, no noise and could be stored indoors. Slaves to the mental bridge between horse and bicycle, they just reduced the size of the chair and railroaded it to the bike, making the seat into one of the objects biggest flaws. "

Usually, "... the problem conditions us and leads us to make modifications that do not change its essence. Instead, redesigning is to come from an unsatisfactory situation, propose the constitutive features of an ideal situation and then translate them into achievable changes. This is the same if it is for improving a product, a personal situation or a business or a political situation. "

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Conciliation and Arbitration Centers in Costa Rica

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