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I posted a concept with back-up ideas on this forum and called it "Lateral Thinking".
At the time Gause and Weinberg's Book "Exploring Requirements" was sitting on my desk - still in it's postal wrapping. Unread, by me or anyone I know or talk to, and I haven't even read any reviews of it.
I have just reached Chapter 8, and it sent a cold shiver up my spine!
Subtracting my reference to DeBono and Lateral thinking, the ideas and examples are almost word for word the same as my posting!!!!
I do not know them, and their book was written first - so, a genuine case of Parallel Evolution of ideas, or some psychic osmosis through wrapping and desk? Certainly not plaguarism for any that were wondering.
Re: Parallel Evolution
The previous posts hit me as being a broken pencil. This one somewhat better.
Any book that strains a few brain cells can provide logical associations that can prove useful later - even if they don't appear to do so at the time. (Try convincing a teenager of that.)
Try rereading the hightlighted sections in a book that you haven't looked at in years. You'll be surprised by how many of those ideas you've actually applied since then.