- Can you, personally, get a computer to do it?
- Can you explain the method to a person that doesn’t already know how to do it?
- Do you understand when not to use it?
"As we tell participants in introductions to Adaptive Environmental Assessment and Management (AEAM) workshops, things you can get away with on paper have a nasty way of coming back to haunt you when you try to represent them clearly enough that a computer can reproduce the steps in your reasoning."
I think #3 is really important self-discipline - we should ask ourselves this all the time. Why would we not use _____ for this problem?