The definition of the problem will be the focal point of all your problem-solving efforts. As such, it makes sense to devote as much attention and dedication to problem definition as possible.
What usually happens is that as soon as we have a problem to work on we’re so eager to get to solutions that we neglect spending any time refining our understanding of it.
Here are some ideas to consider:
- Rephrase the Problem
- Expose and Challenge Assumptions
- Chunk the problem up
- Chunk the problem down
- Find multiple perspectives
- Use effective language constructs
- Make it engaging
- Reverse the problem
- Gather facts
- Problem-solve your problem statement