Context Is Everything
Right along side with POSIWID (the Purpose Of a System Is What It Does), one of my favorite sayings is CIE (Context Is Everything).
Given a problem to solve and a person (or team) designated to solve it, the person will seek a solution in accordance with the constraints imposed on him/her by the surrounding context. As the figure below shows, his/her perceptions and thoughts of the problem will be colored by the context. The problem itself will most likely be perceived differently as a function of the context (as signified in the picture by slightly different poop types). In one or more contexts, the problem might not even be perceived as a problem at all (it’s not a bug, it’s a feature)!
While writing this post, I suddenly realized that there is no difference between the word “context” and “culture” – but only in the context of this post. 😀