As I coach new developers, I've taken to scribbling out the same useful diagram for visualizing the creative process again and again on coffee-ringed napkins. In order to limit my future abuse of culinary paper wares, I've reproduced my images in a more formal fashion in this essay.
The conversation usually starts with the following statement: "Creativity is like a snake swallowing a series of tennis balls."
And when confused looks inevitably result, I sketch some variant of this odd little picture:
read more.... of this article by Daniel Cook of the Lost Garden blog