Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 TKR: Quick solve. Systematic problem solving, the minimalist version

Quick solve.  Systematic problem solving, 
the minimalist version

Tips on how to use a systematic method for solving problems.
Six main parts
  • Target: What is the goal?  How will you know when you are done?
  • Resources:  What resources can you use?
  • Ideas:   What are the possibilities?
  • Choose:   What is the best way?
  • Plan: What do you have to get done?
  • Troubleshoot:  What do you do when something goes wrong?


Your first answer will probably not be concrete. It may have value terms like 
  • bad
  • annoying
  • unreasonable
Value terms say how you feel about the situation.  They won’t be of help in fixing reality.  So ask yourself questions: 
  • Why do you call it bad or whatever?  
  • What change do you want to see?
  • What could you (not they) do to get that change? 
  • How will you know when you are finished?
If you wonder whether these questions will help you, try them on the next person who complains about a problem.  Be sure to stay out of reach.  Lots of people who complain about problems are more interested in sympathy than solutions.


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