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We want you to share solutions that solved work problems - but don't explain the problem it solved.

The idea is that someone else, when they have a problem can read this and see if your solution jolts them out of their problem.

(This is obviously a tribute to Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies cards which were filled with stuff like "add backing vocals")

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 10:45)
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Hit it again and again and
again with the big hole punch, dragged what was left out to the disused garage behind the office and hid it in the basement. Moved it on again after suspicion had died down. The smell, oh god. The smell...
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 22:42, Reply)
Sketch the distribution.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 22:12, Reply)
I hid an old department that I had become embarrassed by,
and resurrected another old department - but this time, under my strict personal control. Then I promptly sacked anyone and everyone who stepped even a millimetre out of line.

Then I sold the company to the Russians.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 21:10, 2 replies, latest was 2 weeks ago)
Bring in something that was scrapped for being not fit for purpose five years ago
But, and this is key, rename it with a hip acronym like SUCCESS or PING
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 21:05, Reply)
Don't tell reception there's no TV remote
Just go on b3ta with your teeny works smartphone and run up a big bill entertaining yourself.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 19:32, Reply)
Don't bother telling anyone it's worn out
Just cut off the cable.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 19:31, Reply)
Don't try to complete two days' work in one day
Pre-load most of the work into a template (taking a few days to create one), then use that to deliver two days' work in one.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 19:29, Reply)
Stop using the company's system
Go online and book it all yourself, then claim the expenses.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 19:27, Reply)
Give up trying to design one of your own
Buy an approved off the shelf solution and connect it externally.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 19:26, Reply)
Try doing what you did two weeks ago
But this time, take turns to talk.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 19:13, Reply)
Ordering a second fridge helped quell the revolution
Then a second microwave. Then a second kitchen area
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 18:47, Reply)
We made the difficult ones redundant

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 18:44, Reply)
It seems odd
But I can 100% confirm that the expense claim for Cream Cheese and Latex-Free Condoms is for a legitimate business reason.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 18:36, Reply)
just view any powerpoint slideshow on your external monitor and minimize the window on the laptop

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 17:46, Reply)
Find out the resolution you actually need and work accordingly; your project is probably much too big

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 16:13, 1 reply, 2 weeks ago)
Went for a walk at lunch time
And never bothered going back
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 15:50, Reply)

Leave the uk as soon as poss, carry on as usual in Cambodia until deported, skip to Vietnam , then string it out for as long as possible when forced hack to Ingerland.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 15:40, Reply)
Print it at 20 degrees from vertical
*edit*

True advice when 3D printing large surfaces on an HP 4200
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 15:15, Reply)
Reversed the polarity of the neutron flow.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 14:25, Reply)
Flick the little hidden switch that says "Wi-fi" on it.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 14:21, Reply)
Alt-tab away…
…and alt-tab back in again.

There, fixed.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 14:15, Reply)
Go and have a shit and play a round of Clash Royale

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 14:13, Reply)
Ignore the client until they solve the problem by themselves

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 14:11, 1 reply, 2 weeks ago)
Raise the percentage of carboxymethyl cellulose.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 14:00, Reply)
Burn the flammable gas so it doesn't become a stoichiometric mix in an enclosed space.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 13:53, Reply)
Try varnishing it first.

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 13:48, Reply)
Try turning it off....



... and back on again.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 13:45, Reply)
We don't need a photographer
when we're near Leicester Square and those shit-awful portrait artists.
(, Tue 15 May 2018, 13:37, Reply)
caffeine

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 13:29, Reply)
Tricked the netscaler into passing on a token with the user id in it so we could identify them without talking to active directory

(, Tue 15 May 2018, 13:18, 1 reply, 2 weeks ago)

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