in reply to Eureka!

Just walk away. Go do something complete different and forget that problem. Come back later (usually the next day for me) and look at it again.

Neil Watson

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Re: Re: Eureka!
by Nkuvu (Priest) on Apr 29, 2003 at 17:26 UTC

    Heh. I'd love to be able to tell my boss -- "I'm a little stumped. See you tomorrow."

    (But I do see what you mean, and I agree)

      Less so now that it is post "dot com" era - but this is actually not entirely out of place in the tech world.

      Especially if your workplace has the mindset that things need to get done by a certain date, and how they get there doesn't entirely matter (depending on what you are producing, and perhaps team dynamics or lack thereof) - then frequently they will tell you to do whatever it takes to free your brain to wrap around the problem.

      Effectively managing a problem includes knowing when there is inefficient cycles, and remedying the solution.

      That said - there are many more managers that would never ever do that.
      (and of course if you have a schedule that involves certain hours due to customer interaction, this is totally infeasible)

      There are some odd things afoot now, in the Villa Straylight.
        Unfortunately my workplace has the mindset that things needs to get done by a certain date, and it doesn't entirely matter how we get there as long as we put in at least 40 hours per week...
Re: Eureka!
by crenz (Priest) on Apr 29, 2003 at 18:58 UTC

    I second that. When I started to work for the company I now work for, I used to have the best idea during the five-minute walk to the next train station! Which is a good indicator that I haven't really been able to detach myself from the problem during the day.

    I like to ask my coworkers as well. It often helps that most of them are not programmers; I have to explain the problem in a different way to them, which helps me to find the solution.

    And I also like to go and have a cup of coffee. Not because of the coffee, but because it makes me get up and walk around. Then, I can just stay in the kitchen for a few minutes and think about my problem in a different environement.