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Six impossible things before breakfast

September 30, 2009

Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Alice in Wonderland.

Creativity is a cornerstone of software development. Believe it or not, this is something one can exercise. A great way to train the creative part of your brain (right hemisphere) is to daydream or think about impossible things.

Why don’t you try it and follow the Queen’s advice ?


Make this exercise part of your daily stand up when working on an Agile team. Ask your team members to come up with an impossible thing each. You’ll see how much fun this can be. Make sure they think about it before the stand up starts.

You can also do this exercise at home with your partner or kids. If you do this on a regular basis you will see your creative side improving.

We came across this idea in Tony Buzan’s book “Head First” and practiced for a couple of months. It can actually be challenging to come up with new impossible things every day.

By Barbara Mayerhofer and Marcos Tarruella

  1. October 1, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    I love this article. Great HitchHiker’s reference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy). For those who missed it “If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliway’s, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe!”

  2. October 15, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    I’m always looking for ways to boost creativity! Thanks for this – will put it in my hat!

  1. October 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM
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