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Outline for Problem Solving ___________________ Restate problem in a number of different ways Breakdown parts of the problem subparts definitions Detail Assumptions list currently accepted assumptions list other assumptions which might be operative Indicate basis of assumptions and why relevant or not to current problem Why is it a problem factors causing the problem other factors contributing to problem factors contributing to a solution Why necessity for a solution what will a solution give us what are the feedbacks to a solution what are the possible states flowing from a solution What problems will a solution generate and how to handle Facts impinging on problem and on solution possibilities time frame parties to conflict forces involved societal factors involved personalities involved Strategies and sub goals brainstorming list of all possibilities leading to a solution negative thinking: brainstorming list of all possibilities leading to the opposite of the required solutions Different possibilities for arriving at a solution see Start2Think unification or combination of parts multiplication or addition of parts division breaking Symmetry or Object removal list of all possible things that can go wrong Implementation of strategies preparation activation aftermath general time frame materials manpower What are the limits to success of each strategy Constrictions agreements and legitimization environmental logistical moral restrictions feedback setbacks Evaluation list what will accept as success, partial success or failure ________________________ Resources Start2Think Ron Horiwitz Five ASIT tools: Unification, Multiplication, Division, Breaking Symmetry or Object Removal. _________________________ © copyright 2003 Global Crisis Solution Center. All rights reserved. Top of Page |