Can you see the patterns in this picture? What’s something breaking the patterns? Photo by: D. Ramos

I was talking with someone the other day about how improvements can be accomplished. For me, a lot of it is identifying patterns and the conversation triggered my memory banks. I thought about where I’ve worked, I’ve identified patterns and made improvements and it’s kind of like music.

When I was a musician I had to find patterns to make music. Jazz was a big influence. I took a course in jazz music and appreciated the idea of listening to the crowd and improvising. The thought of jamming and coming up with ideas was interesting to me and it tied to identifying patterns. However, my skills of improvising on the spot was limited. I spent a lot of time in front of a computer using grids to figure out what patterns sound good. A habit that was useful later on in my career as an IT professional.

Recently, I came across this article (http://www.shinemusic.com.au/musicresources/jazz-vs-classical-music.aspx) establishing the differences between jazz and classical music. Both genres of music are using different paths to get to the listener. Classical is geared towards a written form, kind of like being really good at writing. Jazz is geared towards recorded form since there isn’t a written structure to note the immediacies of improvisation.

To tie this train of thought that went to music and tie it back to pattern identification and improvement, everyone identifies and records patterns differently. We assume that it cannot translate into something recorded and blame “gut instincts” or “tribal knowledge”. However, I believe there’s a way to record, mimic, and identify improvements. It just may not be through traditional methods.

How do you identify patterns? Do you record your observations by writing/typing notes? Or do you depend on your gut instincts? Let’s talk story and see what we can improve. Holler @ me.

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