I was reading this great post in Tom Peters blog (Tom Peters is a real guru, put his blog in your feed aggregator!).
It’s a great post for two reasons: first because he write about House (yes, I too watch that damn little TV), and because Mr.Peters writes about what he calls ‘Dr.House’s Newtonian mind-set’ in approaching problems.
As De Carlo wrote in one of his books, the Newtonian mind-set is useful in approaching non eXtreme Projects. For eXtreme Projects (those who have a HIGH degree of uncertainty), De Carlo prefers a quantum mind-set. A quantum mind set assumes that change is the norm (while Newtonian mind-set assumes that stability is the norm).
And looking at the list Mr.Peters did, we recognize a high degree of agility in what House does in his approach:
- Failures acknowledged instantly (early failure!)
- Breathtaking speed!
- Test! Test! Test!
- Aggressive risk taking (courage!)
- Sky high staff standards (people is the key)
- Constant, impromptu mini-Brainstorm sessions (communication!)
- Hates … routine/paperwork/problems that don’t enhance his medical understanding (avoid waste!)
In fact I agree with what Mr.Peters said and I add that Dr.House uses more a quantum mind-set in his being agile!
P.S. Well …. to tell the truth he has to work a little bit on the ‘customer relationship’ side 😉