Sensemaking is an act of making sense of various mysteries of life. In that sense, a sensemaker is like the Sherlock Holmes of life.
Sensemaking involves the following basic method:
- Observation of the salient dots in the given situation
- Imagination to come up with multiple explanations of those dots
- Critical reasoning to select the explanation that best connects all the dots
This method is also known as abductive reasoning. We can also call it as connecting-the-dots.
Interestingly, this method is used by detectives (Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Monk are a few fictional examples), intelligence agents, medical diagnosticians (House MD is a fictional example here), creative people (Steve Jobs is a real-life example here), scientists (Einstein is the most famous real-life example here).
More interestingly, sensemaking can be seen as life skill too! It can be even used to diagnose the following types of problems:
- Business issues
- Relationship problems
- Self-awareness gaps
- Understand other people and their behavior
- Kids’ uniqueness, etc.
This portal aims to help you hone your sensemaking skills–so that you can solve various mysteries of your own life yourselves! We do this by posting real-life as as well as fictional practice cases drawn from various walks of life. Note that you will need to log in, in order to attempt these cases!
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