Tag: problem solving

Key Elements of a Strong Problem Statement

There are many brilliant people all around with truly innovative and disruptive solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. However, if these innovators can’t articulate a compelling business case as to why the problem matters and their solution makes a difference – the solution will never be seen. So what constitutes a strong problem statement

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Cause & Effect Diagram (Fishbone)

What is a Fishbone? A cause & effect diagram, also called a Fishbone and the Ishikawa Diagram, is a method to organize and test many variables that may be a contributing factor toward causing a particular effect or contributing to your problem. A fishbone is also a way of documenting a problem’s current state and

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Developing Team Roles & Responsibilities

Beyond defining “Why” you’re working on this challenge and “What” you’re going to do about it, now its time to define the “Who”. Building a diverse team and clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of this team is paramount to your program’s success. Whether you’re launching a new business, kicking off a Six-Sigma project, or

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Five Why – Root Cause Problem Solving

Ever find yourself attempting to solve a problem that’s been solved multiple times before? This may be happening because the root cause of the challenge wasn’t resolved, and only a symptom was addressed. In this exercise, you will be introduced to the “Five Why” method of more closely identifying the root cause for a problem.

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How Might We…

This magical phrase has completely changed the way I look at a problem! The single greatest mind shift in all of the methods, tools, and processes I’ve learned about resides in these three words, “How Might We…”. The words aren’t “How Can We…” or “How Should we…”, these words are specifically selected to inspire creativity

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