• Shaun Nestor describes order of operations and priorities with big and small rocks in a jar

    Big Rocks, Little Rocks, Sand, and Water

    We learn about order of operations in elementary mathematics. The idea that a process must follow a pre-scripted series of steps to insure the correct answer is found. Order of operations does not apply to just math equations. In fact, it applies to everything from financial decisions, HTML code, product launches, publishing a blog post, and prioritizing your company’s resources. Consider you have a large jar. Around it, you have a collection of large and small rocks, a pail of water, and a bucket of sand. If you pour the sand in first, you can be assured the rest of the material will not fit in the jar. Same with…