Getting Your Ducks in a Row

School reopened today. And with it, all the challenges of the adults getting up earlier  😀


Identifying problems are hard. Meetings with several people trying to define the problem makes it exponentially (?) harder. Without the tools, space, discipline, and agreed principles of engagement, might as well give up.  And yet, I see many episodes of this happen every day, multiple times a day.  It feels like people do this so they can keep themselves feeling busy, or important. Activity over accomplishment is the mantra. Exhausting.


HT @John Naughton’s newsletter today had a link that caught my eye. The math is way beyond me for sure, but the phrase ‘getting your ducks in a row’ has a new meaning!

From the “Journal of Fluid Mechanics“:

“Simulations reveal that ducklings swimming in a single-file formation behind the parent can achieve a wave-riding benefit whereby the wave drag turns positive”



Serendipitously, I caught this mother duck and her three ducklings walking back from their little swim this afternoon. No, they weren’t in a row 🙂