IFR at Google

Thought I will share this snippet about IFR from Google.
Isak Bukhman while he was in Bangalore for the TRIZIN conference, declared that IFR has nothing Ideal or Final about it and I would add, it is possibly not a result of something as well.

Google operates this website called http://www.dataliberation.org/

with the singular goal to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products

Here is the IFR as described in the site, quoting

People usually don’t look to see if they can get their data out of a product until they decide one day that they want to leave For this reason, we always encourage people to ask these three questions before starting to use a product that will store their data:
  1. Can I get my data out at all?
  2. How much is it going to cost to get my data out?
  3. How much of my time is it going to take to get my data out?
The ideal answers to these questions are:
  1. Yes.
  2. Nothing more than I’m already paying.
  3. As little as possible.
There shouldn’t be an additional charge to export your data. Beyond that, if it takes you many hours to get your data out, it’s almost as bad as not being able to get your data out at all

Note here that the “final” state of the evolved product is not defined as one thing but more as a process and thus covering the intermediates and without losing sense of the direction. That is a more real purpose of IFR.


2 thoughts on “IFR at Google

  1. THanks! I’ll link to this live blog from the TRIZ Journal Commentary column. This has been a very very important trip for me.

  2. Relating to your previous questions on the time (also means nothing to do with your post here), there is nothing ideal is equivalent saying “everything is ideal if I know when do I want to achieve that”. The final part of IFR is, Ideal Final (t) Result. What should be my IF(t)R when t = one month from now, or one year or in 15 years from now. It all depends on what you want to really achieve (implement) as an outcome of applying IFR. Would you want to think about the IFR with the Final as one month from the current state, or prefer to start thinking about 15 years from now, and come back to the next one month. All up to you.

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