In Chapter 20 of 22 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings answers "What is the Role of Research in the Problem Solving Process?" Stallings notes two ways research plays into the process. The first is researching to understand the problem itself and the various perspectives on that problem. This helps him gain ownership of or personalize the problem. The second is researching to learn how other people have thought about the problem in the past. This gives Stallings references points. Over time, Stallings improves his research skills by keeping reference materials close at hand. This is Hammans Stallings' Year 2 CYF interview. Stallings is currently a Senior Strategist at frog design. Previously he worked in business strategy at Dell and investment banking at Stephens. He earned an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, a MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of Virginia.