By Martin C. Libicki
Throughout a wide selection of endeavors, failure to count on catastrophe has been ascribed to the shortcoming to "connect the dots." yet to "connect the dots," one needs to first "collect the dots." The authors examine the limitations to circulating vital details and describes ways for bringing details jointly in a significant approach and describe a proper technique for accumulating the dots.
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The contexts may have relationships to one another, and the relationships may amplify or diminish the overall notability. In fact, this may be a separate issue; notability in the large may differ from notability in the small. Some events are notable and indicative on their own without further correlations: one smallpox pustule suffices to garner a great deal of attention. , the dog that did not bark in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adventure of the Silver Blaze). Some events 22 Collecting the Dots: Problem Formulation and Solution Elements are notable because of their context: an airplane passenger in beach attire.
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