Animated Cartoon: "What's the Problem?"

A couple of weeks ago, a Wall Street Journal article covered how many folks are creating computer-generated cartoons. I thought, "Hey, I can do that!" Whether or not I should is a different matter altogether...

Well, I took a shot at a hopefully instructive animated cartoon around problem-solving and what I see as one of the biggest challenges to effective problem-solving.  Let me know if any of this seems familiar.

There are 14 Comments

markrhamel's picture

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the comment. Great point - $5 and the supervisor could have made the problem "go away"...temporarily.

Best regards,
Mark

Matt Wrye's picture

Great cartoon. I liked the example of how to dig to what really is the problem. Not what is the symptom.

markrhamel's picture

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the comment. Yes, anyone can regurgitate the symptom, but problem definition requires patience, rigor and honesty.

Best regards,
Mark

Ed's picture

Hey,

what a great cartoon. the voices sound so bad, but the message is well-said. it's a good example for a real-world problem. thanks for sharing it.

markrhamel's picture

Hi Ed,

Thank for the comment. Yup, the canned animated cartoon voices are pretty much monotone and a bit muddled, but hey...I'm working with a limited budget here.

Take care,
Mark

Andrew Bishop's picture

Cute!

I learned many lessons from John Shook in his "Managing to Learn" workshop, but one thing that really stood out was his frequent repetition of the phrase "Exactly what problem are you trying to solve?"

There's a good reason for asking again and again. If you haven't completed step 1, step 2 doesn't mean a lot.

-ALB

markrhamel's picture

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the comment. Great quote, "If you haven't completed step 1, step 2 doesn't mean a lot." Pretty succinct.

Best regards,
Mark

markrhamel's picture

Hi Marty,

Thanks for the comment. I created the cartoon using the functionality at www.xtranormal.com.

Best regards,
Mark

Marty's picture

I think this medium has a lot of potential. I can see it being used in training to role play certain situations. Can you share the software that you used to make the cartoon?

markrhamel's picture

Zane,

Yes, she has great elocution, among other things. Unfortunately, it seems that Doug's elocution is lacking. He was really referring to her as "lean leader."

Best regards,
Mark

Zane's picture

The ideal Green Leader: brains, beauty, perfect dental hygiene and elocution. Good work, Mark.

Christian Paulsen's picture

Mark,

Great message and the cartoon does a great job of illustrating the example. It would have been easy to spend $5 on a larger inbox but the leader didn't fall into that trap. It could have taken a lot of words to describe that example in writing. Thanks for getting creative with this example.

Chris

markrhamel's picture

Hi John,

Thanks for the comment! Yes, the cartoon character monotone kind of lends focus to the silliness inherent within the "conversation." I look forward to your future production(s).

Best regards,
Mark

John Hunter's picture

I like those cartoons, I hope to make some too, but it may be a few months away. I actually like the sound of them. For me they ad to the comedic affect.