Knockdown walls and Build bridges … So said a wise leader !
Much ado about nothing; the title of Shakespeare’s comedy
I.E.: A big fuss over a trifle
Is it though?
A gap analysis can be used to analyze gaps in processes and the gulf between the existing outcome and the desired outcome.
This step process can be illustrated by the example below:
- Identify the existing process: fishing by using fishing rods
- Identify the existing outcome: we can manage to catch 20 fish per day
- Identify the desired outcome: we want to catch 100 fish per day
- Identify the process to achieve the desired outcom: we can use an alternative method such as using a fishing net
- Identify and document the gap: it is a difference of 80 fish
- Develop the means to fill the gap: acquire and use a fishing net
- Develop and prioritize Requirements to bridge the gap
One compares each process side-by-side and step-by-step and then notes the differences. One then analyzes each deviation to determine if there is any benefit to changing to the alternate process.
The results of this analysis may support the maintenance of the current process, the wholesale adoption of an alternate process, or a fusion of different aspects of each process.
The Fibonacci Number Origin
Fibonacci considers the growth of an idealized (biologically unrealistic) rabbit population, assuming that: a newly born pair of rabbits, one male, one female, are put in a field; rabbits are able to mate at the age of one month so that at the end of its second month a female can produce another pair of rabbits; rabbits never die and a mating pair always produces one new pair (one male, one female) every month from the second month on.
The puzzle that Fibonacci posed was: how many pairs will there be in one year?
At the end of the first month, they mate, but there is still only 1 pair. At the end of the second month the female produces a new pair, so now there are 2 pairs of rabbits in the field.
At the end of the third month, the original female produces a second pair, making 3 pairs in all in the field.
At the end of the fourth month, the original female has produced yet another new pair, the female born two months ago produces her first pair also, making 5 pairs.
At the end of the nth month, the number of pairs of rabbits is equal to the number of new pairs (which is the number of pairs in month n − 2) plus the number of pairs alive last month (n − 1). This is the nth Fibonacci number
The bee ancestry code in nature
Fibonacci numbers also appear in the pedigrees of idealized honeybees, according to the following rules:
If an egg is laid by an unmated female, it hatches a male or drone bee.
If, however, an egg male, it hatches a female.
Thus, a male bee always has one parent, and a female bee has two.
If one traces the pedigree of any male bee (1 bee), he has 1 parent (1 bee), 2 grandparents, 3 great-grandparents, 5 great-great-grandparents, and so on. This sequence of numbers of parents is the Fibonacci sequence. The number of ancestors at each level, Fn, is the number of female ancestors, which is Fn−1, plus the number of male ancestors, which is Fn−2. This is under the unrealistic assumption that the ancestors at each level are otherwise unrelated.
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