Poor Chopstick-skills

The implementation dip that Francois refers to in his video happen all around us and all the time. It’s good to have a name for it. It helps to see it more clearly and helps us to discuss it in a meaningful way.

While watching the video and taking in the ideas of the implementation dip, I’m reminded of a time many years ago when I was a much younger version of myself, I experienced an implementation dip. When I was learning as a child to use chopsticks to eat, some how I developed a method of using them that was less than traditional. I know that chopsticks skills are not what most of us think of when we talk about adoption of technology but it’s what came to mind for me. My parents used to give me a hard time because I used my chopsticks in a way that they felt was incorrect and less effective. The called it the lazy person’s method.

Being the stubborn son that I was, I would often challenge their belief that my methods were less effective. I’d show that I could pick up most things and I was decently nimble with my eating utensils used my way. They quickly gave up on correcting me and so I continued to perfect my chopstick-style…well perfect it to a degree anyways. It was fine in most situations but I often times still struggled with more complete tasks like picking up peas and small pieces of rice at the bottom of my bowl.

Fast forward a few years, as a young high school student, eating out on my own with my own friends, I started to become concerned that I would need to eat with them using chopsticks in my improper way. I decided that my old method would no longer do. I needed to master the chopstick skills that escaped me for many years. I asked a close trustworthy friend to help me out, and for days I would work on my chopstick-use the “proper way”. After a few spilled bowls of rice and several hand cramps later, I was getting the hang of the traditional method of using chopsticks. A few years back, I finally admitted to my parents that they were right. Their method was better and more effective. I should have listened to them all along.


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