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Re^5: "Practices and Principles" to death

by chromatic (Archbishop)
on Mar 01, 2008 at 06:41 UTC ( #671341=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: "Practices and Principles" to death
in thread "Practices and Principles" to death

How does one help encourage/incite people to 'think'?

To some degree, you can't.

To the degree you can, I find that imitating Ward Cunningham is almost always the most effective approach. Ward has an amazing way of asking, "Hm, well what if you were to _____?" where the fill-in-the-blank-spot is almost always something so simple and non-offensive that anyone remotely thoughtful starts thinking when he or she hears it.

Unfortunately, I've met very few people who have that staggering ability to simplify a problem to its simplest form. I don't have it. Ward does.

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