When it comes to product development, it's important to have a clear vision and understanding of what you want to create. This means being able to see the project through from start to finish and having a realistic idea of the resources that will be needed. It's also important to be able to effectively communicate this vision to your team so that everyone is on the same page.
This quote is first attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. It's a commonly recited mantra in the world of product development. However, the context and original phrasing is often forgotten or not well-known.
It's important to know the history and origins of a quotation to get a full understanding of its meaning.
"If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development."
This is by Aristotle (384–322 BC), one of the most influential people in Western philosophy. He was a student of Plato who went on to tutor Alexander the Great.
So not only is our knowledge the product of perceptions but so too are its origins.
This can be related to product development in that our original thoughts and ideas about what we're going to create go on to dictate the design, purpose and function of whatever it is.