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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.

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