I need my tools

My daughter is a little bit of a hobbit.  She’s 5 & 1/2 and loves collecting leaves, seeds, sticks, flower buds, acorns and the like and bundling them up together.  It’s weird and wonderful and recently she’s been taking it more seriously as a craft.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been pulling together a few things to help her along:  a ruler, a tiny hammer, a dull pocket knife, a vintage tape measure.  She spreads them out on the top of a crate and does her thing.

Early this week, she plucked a few bundle ingredients as we walked through our little garden from the car to the front door.  We got downstairs and I said ‘Hey baby are you gonna go to work on your bundle?’  She replied:

‘Yeah Dad, but I need my tools first of course.’

Love it.  It hit me that for any craft, any work, any labor we need our tools to really make it happen.  She could have fumbled through it as she did early on, but now that she’d learned how helpful her tools were, there was no going back.

And so it is with us development folks.  We can fumble through our craft for years but when we discover a new tool, or use an old one effectively, there is no going back for us either.  In the next few weeks we’ll be kicking off a new series on Development Tools.  What we use, why, and how well they are working.

What are the primary tools you leverage to do what you do?  Join the conversation at @infosmallchange #ascblog.

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