DS 11 Summary

Reference: Data Series

Reference: Data Series 11—THE SITUATION

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THE SITUATION

Probably the hardest meaning to get across is the definition of “SITUATION”. One can say variously “Isolate the actual situation” or “Work out what the situation is” and get the most remarkable results. We can define for our purposes in this data series the word SITUATION as follows.

A SITUATION IS A MAJOR DEPARTURE FROM THE IDEAL SCENE.

This means a wide and significant or dangerous or potentially damaging CIRCUMSTANCE or STATE OF AFFAIRS which means that the IDEAL SCENE has been departed from and doesn’t fully exist in that area.

One has to work out or know what the Ideal Scene would be for an organization or department or social strata or an activity to know that a wide big flaw existed in it. We would then realize that a SITUATION existed because Data Analysis is also done against the Ideal Scene. We would know enough about it to look more closely to realize the situation.

Thus, if one were responsible for the area one would now know what to handle. How he handled it depends upon (a) the need, (b) availability of resources and (c) capability.

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HOW TO FIND A SITUATION

When you are called upon to find out if there IS a situation you can follow these steps and arrive with what the situation is every time.

  1. Observe.
  2. Notice an oddity of any kind or none.
  3. Establish what the Ideal Scene would be for what is observed.
  4. Count the out-points now visible.
  5. Following up the out-points observe more closely.
  6. Establish even more simply what the Ideal Scene would be.
  7. The situation will be THE MOST MAJOR DEPARTURE FROM THE IDEAL SCENE.

When you really see a SITUATION it is often so big and so appalling one can feel incapable. It is seldom you can handle it all at one bang. The need to handle comes first. The resources available come next. The capability comes third. Estimate these and by getting a very bright workable (often very simple) idea. one can make a start. Solutions work on gradient scales. Little by more by more. 

Data Analysis is done to make a more direct observation of exactly the right area possible. One can then establish the exact SITUATION. The only danger is that the situation can be so far from any ideal that others with fixed ideas and madness can defy the most accurate and sensible solutions.

But that’s part of the situation, isn’t it?

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