Some people prefer to experiment. Once they agree on a common process or approach to understanding a situation, they can troubleshoot anything. They emphasize the Experimenting style. People who favor this style are curious, practical, and good at getting input from everyone concerned. They contribute to a group by being systematic and thorough in formulating and evaluating new ideas – all the while building consensus for a practical solution.
Jerry Pierce was head of the Electronics Technology Laboratory for SRI International when he used the Experimenting style in the invention of an improved computer disk:
"I had worked with both optical and magnetic disks for a long time. But this was not a planned invention. When I started using an optical disk to store information, I found out how much space was being used and how slow it was. So I knew it wasn’t going to work. Then in a meeting with a client, I began to invent as I went along. I said, 'Why don't you take the existing technology and combine it with the new technology, where the magnetic side would store the directory and current files and the optical side would store the massive archival data… and it’s transparent to the user. Then you would have a removable disk with the speed of the hard disk.'"