On Doing More With Less

18 03 2009

“Do more with less” may be the four most commonly heard — and hated — words in business. In reply, management inevitably hears the same four word sentences fired back.

“You’re asking the impossible”.

“We can’t do that”.

“It just won’t work.” 

Here’s a new one to try: “Let’s all reach higher”.


This Is A Picture Of How To Do More With Less. 


And this is a picture of the four Spanish teenagers from La Bisbal school in Spain’s Catalonia who did it. 

With the guidance of their teacher Jordi Fanals Oriol, they sent a weather balloon right up to the edge of space, taking readings and shooting photos with a Nikon Coolpix camera. They kept track of it the whole way up using sensors communicating with Google Earth. (Nice idea: is there existing infrastructure for your project that you can leverage?) By the way, they built the sensors from scratch. (Another nice idea: is there a cheap but effective homebrew solution you can use, instead of buying something fancy?)

No one likes having to do more with less. But students like Gerard Marull Paretas, Sergi Saballs Vil, Martm Gasull Morcillo and Jaume Puigmiquel Casamort prove that it can be done.

Next time you’re stuck trying to do the impossible with less resources than you need, team leader Gerard Marull Paretas has a great piece of advice.

“We put in a lot of effort, we did a lot of tests before flights.

“We also have learned that in practice, things are not so simple. And in the field problems appear that a textbook can’t help you with.”

Let’s all reach higher.  Maybe we can touch the sky after all.