As part of an effective problem-solving process, you need to look actively for problems – even when things seem to be running fine. Now that you understand the problem, define it clearly and completely.
Proactive problem solving helps you avoid emergencies and allows you to be calm and in control when issues arise. Writing a clear problem definition forces you to establish specific boundaries for the problem.
Cause and Effect Analysis is another good tool to use here, as it helps you think about the many different factors that can contribute to a problem.
This helps you separate the symptoms of a problem from its fundamental causes.
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(Read below to start.)Some problems are very obvious, however others are not so easily identified. If you move forward to find a solution too quickly, you risk relying on imperfect information that's based on assumptions and limited perspectives, so make sure that you research the problem thoroughly.
With a clear problem definition, start generating ideas for a solution.
The key here is to be flexible in the way you approach a problem.
Because you approach problems systematically, you cover the essentials each time – and your decisions are well though out, well planned, and well executed.
You can continue to perfect your problem-solving skills and use them for continuous improvement initiatives within your organization.