This is on the heels of yesterday’s post about the 100% solution. While talking to a co-worker I had a realization, business is like a fractal.


Tell a fractal is a fractional dimensioned entity. For instance a two-dimensioned fractal could have a fixed area, but an infinite-length border. You can see the whole shape from a distance, but as you zoom in to the border you’ll always have more and more detail.

Business problems are the same way. You can take a look at the big picture or you can zoom in on the details. The area of the figure is the business gain for doing something — wether it be producing widgets or code. Every zig or zag of the edge is a requirement.

So, what’s the big deal?

You can divide and subdivide a problem more-or-less infinitely. You can take the simplest problem and make it as hard as going to the moon if you really want.

So, what’s the connection?

Given a problem that you have a proposed solution for try to implement the solution first before you start zooming in on the problem and making it more complex.