Posted January 16, 2010on:
Problems come in all sizes, shapes, and colors.
There is no single or simple step-by-step process guaranteeing us we will solve every problem we encounter. We are faced instead with the requirement to configure or adapt our problem solving processes to fit the problem at hand. As problem solvers, we have more in common with the cabinetmaker than with the assembly-line worker. What we need, then, are plans and blueprints, high-quality materials, a decent place to work, a well-stocked toolbox, and the skill and knowledge necessary to properly select and use the tools in it. Toward that end, here are ten (10) tips—ideas for “beefing up” the tools in your problem solving toolbox.
- Focus on the solved state. Pay at least as much attention to the solved state as is paid to the problem state. One is to define it the same way we would define the problem state (more about that under Tip #3). Another is to list possible measures or indicators of its attainment. Ask yourself questions like these: “How will I know the problem has been solved? What will I accept as evidence? What does the solved state look like?” Yet, a third way is to be clear about all the goals and objectives of the problem solving effort. (This last point is so important that it constitutes a tip all its own—the next one.)
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