Experience, just another tool

The problem that most people have is that they see their experience as a valuable tool, which it is, but they use it as a hammer and everything is a nail. Everyone is guilty of this at some point. Recognizing experience as only a tool is important in avoiding unnecessary bias. Experience also needs to retain its context in order to be truly useful… The current application may not be similar to your previous experience, so your bias is actually getting in the way of solving the problem.

Rob Diana, “Acknowledge Your Bias And Succeed,” Regular Geek, May 8, 2011

Experience is a valuable asset. But it can also be a trap, if not applied judiciously.

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