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Adapting to Solve – Problem-Solving 101
Adapting to Solve
Problem Solving 101
A problem is defined as:
Problem-solving is defined as:
First, you need to detect the problem. Define the problem and identify the nature of the problem. Can you define the issue? This is more of a hypothesis stage. Write down some barriers that you think might be in the way of reaching the goal.
- Detect the problem
- Define the issue
- What are the barriers?
Establish a Structure
Next, you need to observe the problem. Take a 10,000 ft. view of the problem. Develop a structured approach. Take a look at mind mapping. When you map out your problem it is easier to see a clear picture of its structure. Once you have a structure you can analyze the barriers between you and the goal.
- 10,000 ft. View
- Mind Mapping
By now you should have a framework for solving the problem based off of the findings from first, recognizing the problem and establishing a structure. This stage is usually a brainstorming session in a team setting.
- Mind Mapping
Here you will analyze each possible solution from the previous phase. Weigh each possible solution. This may be time or budget dependant as well. Also, consider if nothing is done at all. This stage might require thinking drastically outside the box.
- All possible solutions analyzed
- Selecting the best solution
- Creative Thinking
Now it is time to put the chosen solution into action. If the problem or solution was identified incorrectly, more problems may arise. This may cause you to step back 1 or 2 phases.
- Acting on chosen solution
- Problems will arise if the problem was identified incorrectly.
This maybe the most important step. No matter if the result was a success or a failure, you must record the outcome. Have an after action review or post mortem. Get feedback from everyone involved. This step is crucial to not creating the same mistakes twice.
- Record outcome
- Get Feedback from those affected by the solution.