This collection of eight capital letters serves as the title for my blog and as my user name in various social networking venues (i.e. twitter). Even though we can pronounce the letters together like a word, they are actually an acronym for the question, Is There A Better Way Of Doing It? It succinctly states an approach to problem solving that applies to every topic discussed in this blog.
A personal thread…
This acronym was one of my first thoughts when I decided to begin a personal blog. I was introduced to the question as a young boy by my father. He kept a simple wooden sign on his desk with the ITABWODI acronym painted on it in sans-serif block lettering. He had inherited the sign from his father, who was an industrial engineer in the field of process automation in the middle of the 20th century. He had made the sign, presumably, as a reminder/inspiration for his engineering work. It now sits on my drafting table as a reminder to me not only of the message itself but also of the responsibility I have to encourage my and future generations to work hard, be creative and industrious and give God the glory.
Keeping it real…
Much more could be said about the philosophy and history of ITABWODI, but my main purpose for this blog is to talk about the problems I face in my daily life and how I approach them as a trained architect and mostly self-taught computer geek, for lack of a better term. The ITABWODI question and/or approach will work its way through the posts both explicitly and implicitly as I talk about each problem and how/why I attempted to solve each one. Hopefully, my experiences and posts will give you some encouragement to find a better way of doing it yourself.
Let’s find out!