Hammer Driven Approach?

In a post What You Known Matters More Than What You do, the author describes a star researcher who can publish four or five important results each year. The secret appears to be that he tends to begin with techniques, not problems. He first masters a technique that seems promising, and then uses this new technique to seek out problems that were once hard but now yield easily. However, this “hammer-driven” approach seems a little bit utilitarian, and would not give rise to REAL novel research.

UPDATE, 2016-June-15. It turns out that I choose an importance-driven approach :)

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