My Operating Framework, Draft 1

My Operating Framework, Draft 1

"Dave Seah Production Process" Most of my productivity forms are based on how I understand the production process. It occurred to me that I should write it down to use as a map.

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Here’s the complete production framework map. Click on it to download the PDF.

Big Version The map is not very detailed, and the process itself is not particularly original; just about every productivity/achieve your dreams approach incorporates a variation of the definition-goal setting-followup methodology. I’m making this because I think I might be able to turn it into an orientation guide for the various forms and supporting blog posts here on So, I figured I might as make one that I liked.

This is the first pass; turning it into a flexible reference document in HTML is a possible next step, so I can link every tool and related insight to a specific place in the process of being creative. I think that could be pretty cool, and serve as an introduction to my work in this area.


  1. Dave Howe 7 years ago

    Very cool David – I would love to see you put this together into a guide of sorts. It’s kind of like the “lean” way to creativity.

  2. Wayne Trattles 7 years ago

    Dave, there is something magnetic about the map. It caught my attention and I had to follow the flow all the way to the end.

    You’ve made me want to have “wtrattles Operating Framework”

    Love you work.


  3. TesTeq 7 years ago

    Interesting. I was never thinking so deeply about my creative process. I was just doing things and it worked.

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    Dave Seah 7 years ago

    Dave: I’m thinking that the framework will become annotated with links to the various tools and articles I’ve written on it…certainly it could be the beginning of a guide! I was thinking of it more as an organizer, but guide might be a better way to think of it. Thanks!

    Wayne: I’m glad you like it. Would love to see what your framework looks like!

    TesTeq: You know, it was me thinking about people like you who are “creative without thinking about it” that put me on this path! For me, “creative” gets conflated with “production”; these are different mentalities that can cause stress, particularly if new processes are involved and there are high levels of uncertainty under time pressure. It occurred to me that one HAD to tune out everything else to slip peacefully into the creative flow, which reminded me of artists I’ve worked with who were really good at ignoring anything outside of their own creative work.