The Essence of Implementation
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What is the essence of Implementation?”
“I like to express it as two directives:
Think something different.
Do something different.
“What does it mean?”
“The first directive expresses two ideas (so far):
Thought is the blueprint for action.
It all starts in the mind. First as an idea-seed, which grows into a plan, which blossoms into action.
Thought is the fundamental means by which we access our resources. It’s a tool-making tool – a meta-tool.
Implementation is a creative process.
You can get inspired by the ideas of others, but you must adapt them to your own circumstances. It’s a beautiful opportunity to express yourself creatively and innovate.
The second directive expresses three ideas (so far):
Implementation means changing your behavior.
If you do what you’ve always done you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. (Tony Robbins)
To change something about your life, you must change your behavior.
Eben Pagan took it one step further:
Learning is behavior change.
Implementation is a design process.
This is an extension of the point about implementation being a creative process. What this one emphasizes is that implementation is essentially problem-solving, hence focused on the practical.
Design is a structured creative process. It’s a beautiful opportunity to embrace your Designer identity.
Implementation is experimentation.
Implementation is an iterative process. You generate ideas, you evaluate and narrow them down, you test them, get feedback, then repeat the process, optimizing with each iteration.”