I *knew* it was just a matter of time before I was able to use Kenny Rogers on my blog.
And it’s all thanks to Joshua Porter who has written a great post comparing design with playing cards.
Each design is a new hand of cards. Not only are the cards we’re holding different every time, but so are the hands of the other players. Our hand is our own knowledge of the design project, and the hands of the others are the constraints that we must deal with.
Josh uses the card game metaphor to demonstrate how every design situation must be considered afresh and all the constraints, requirements and opportunities be evaluated anew each time. That old ‘tricks’ don’t necessarily apply in a new situtation. Or, to borrow his great closing line ‘three fives beat two aces every time.’
I’ll definitely be borrowing this analogy in the future. Go read it now, you’ll love it.