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The Golden Egg-Laying Hen

The Golden Egg-Laying Hen

“Strive to make proposed solutions as self-executing as possible.  As the degree of discretion increases, so too does bureaucracy, delay and expense.”  Donald Rumsfeld

The beauty of the end solution in the Jack and the Beanstalk story is in the Golden Egg-Laying Hen.

Imagine what it does:

  • It solved the fundamental root problem of Jack and his mother – their poverty;
  • It requires minimal effort on their part: the hen will just continue to lay its golden eggs, well, perhaps you might have to feed it?

And this second point is the most interesting about this tool.  When we think we have a winning solution, take a look and examine how some steps can be automated, how some decisions can be pre-programmed and how the scheme generally can be made more self-executing!

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