Scope, Evidence Gathering

Master the compulsories+ and we allow (and fund) a broader scope of work...

The amoeba diagram is used to illustrate how we often limit our thinking to within a narrow scope (the nucleus) when in reality there is much more flexibility and freedom available to those willing to take chances. Rules and regulations are set up based on a historical precedent, and by knowing the precedent we dare to step outside the nucleus. The first to take the step has much more freedom in the pursuit for blockbuster products.
We know that you know when it’s time to stop. A key part of the compulsories is being able to intuit whether or not a line of inquiry is still worthwhile. This is an intuition based on time and resource constraints: we are not an open-ended academic pursuit. It may be that Mother Nature may someday make what you’re working on worthwhile, but given our industrial constraints, we go with what we know today.

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