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Mental Models by Indi Young

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Chapter 9. Look for Patterns

The second half of the analysis process involves grouping tasks by affinity. As you add more tasks, you build the groups into ever-larger sets. It is a simple process, but it will take days to complete. (If it’s any help, repeat the athlete’s mantra, “The pain you feel is weakness leaving your body.”)

Group Tasks into Patterns

Work from the bottom up. In other words, let the tasks find their own patterns, rather than try to force them into a pre-existing set of groups that you have in mind. Start at the smallest level of granularity and let things build from there. Seriously, try not to impose a structure of your own, accidentally or on purpose. Let the ...

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