Statement of goals – Recognize customer and desired output. (Eggs for me/family)
Analyze – Determine what creates desired output most efficiently. (A bird obviously but chicken, duck, goose, quail?)
Research – Examine nature and/or similar systems. Determine what system creates desired output. (Is there a bird in nature that I can use? Well I can’t use a bald eagle, its illegal and it may peck my eyes out. But birds do this in nature all the time. They find forage and water and lay eggs. So its not a stretch to build a system as close to nature as possible) Observe and interact.
Process Specification – System designs are populated with supplier, inputs, process, outputs and customer.
- Suppliers should be eliminated when possible. Durable when not and originating as close to point of use as possible. Use and value renewable resources and integrate rather than segregate.
- Inputs should be as limited as needed.
- Processes should utilize talents of components whenever possible.
- Outputs should either benefit you/family indirectly or directly or feed back into one or more systems to maintain or improve.
§ Sweat the details – colors, sizes, small features, materials, breeds, etc.
§ No suboptimal situations, land, objects – only things in different states of potential. There is no waste, there are no pests, there are no weeds. Waste is matter that you haven’t figured out how to utilize yet. Pests are beneficial insect hor’d vores, invite the beneficials to the party. There are no weeds, only nutrient bioaccumulators. If you have land you don’t like, make it better. Produce no waste/use edges and value the marginal
§ Every element should have multiple benefits when possible.
§ Some elements should interact with other systems. Integrate rather than segregate
§ Simple is always better.
Development – Create small version of the system (prototyping) (Build a small chicken tractor)
Testing – Let the system run and monitor it (Use and test the chicken tractor) Use small and slow solutions
Implementation – Build the full scale system (Build the final system) Apply self regulation and accept feedback
Evaluation and conclusion – Determine if the system meets customer needs. Must have measureables.
- Efficient – Amount of man hours and calories spent as a necessary component of said system. Obtain a yield
- Responsible – Amount of different lifeforms (introduced or otherwise into the system). Use and value diversity
- Sustainable – Ability of the system to resist both your absence or your reasonable meddling. Number of outside inputs needed to keep it running and their proximity to system location.
Redesign – Change the system in small ways (nudge) until it does meet customer needs. Creatively use and respond to change.
Processes and systems designed around a problem must realize that there is no problem. The problem is not a problem once the root cause becomes apparent.