A sort of "duh" moment.


In a blog entry entitled The Power of the Collective Brain, one blogger tells us that:
Every now and then someone makes a call for collective brain power; it may be someone in a blog posting or a CEO addressing his staff. The odd thing, at least to me, about such requests is that they frequently occur after some suboptimal individual attempt at solving the original problem. This seems inefficient; why wait as a last resort to call on the power of a collective conscious?
Apparently, the solution to this problem is an "agile environment", which seems to mean something along the lines of open-ended teamwork within a networked setting. In other words, why wait until someone in an organization who has been delegated to solve a problem fails to find a solution before asking help from others. Why not make the problem public to input from other members of the organization before someone fails.

What can I say! I couldn't agree more, though I find myself wondering about the organization of which this particular blogger is a member. Surely somebody could have told him that there's nothing new or novel about this idea. But organizational thinking seems to run deep. How else can we explain that our blogger adds an additional comment:
This isnít necessarily a fully baked idea, but something Iíve observed with more than one agile team. It is not often there is the explicit call for ideas, yet is seems like many decisions have the benefit of input from multiple people. Besides being egalitarian and empowering it generally leads to good outcomes.
Just what isn't "fully baked" about the idea of encouraging the input of others is beyond me.



Go to: What's so mysterious about it?, or
Go to: Are crowds really that smart?