Problem Solving Strategies and Approaches
Problem solving starts with a burning desire to change something and
an open mind.
4 Levels of Problem Solving
There are many different
strategies for solving
problems. They include
Reframing, Guess and Test,
Work Backward, Use a Variable,
Problem Solving, Look for a Pattern,
STRIDES, and many others. You need to pick the strategy that fits the
First and foremost, you must focus on desired
results and keep your mind open.
Donít limit your effort to just fixing the
problem. See how you could make things better than they were before, may be
even radically better. Visualize the desired result: You should have a clear
picture of the desired result in your mind. Imagine what you would like to
Try new approaches. Seek disruptions. If you
always do what youíve always done, you will never do anything new and become
non-competitive pretty fast. Intentionally challenge assumptions and disrupt
the way you do things so you will try new and different approaches.
Turn Problems Into Opportunities: 6 Tips
Power of Active Thinking
Active thinking is about
about and being involved with a cause, and changing the problem in order to
To solve a problem, brake it down into a series
of questions, the answers to which gradually distill the answer you seek.
Power of Prototyping
Prototyping can help you tackle problems when
you don't have the answers. "When the project is especially complex,
prototyping is a way of making progress when the challenges seem
insurmountable. Focused prototyping helps resolve little critical problems
one by one. Once you get in gear, you'll be surprised at how easily some of
the solutions appear," writes Tom Kelly from IDEO.