How to Solve Problems Fast and EffectiveCategory: Strategy
There is a direct relationship between problem solution capabilities and a company's success.
A company's survival relies on its ability to solve problems quickly and effectively.
ATLATL Group uses a 4-step problem-solving method we encourage you to use as well.
1. Problem definition
In order to solve a problem, begin by thoroughly understanding it.
It’s not needed to understand every minute detail, however you must be able to explain it conceptually to anyone with little specialized knowledge.
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- Consulting books, whitepapers, etc.
- This is useful for previous problems another business may have had
Once finised, you should have a concrete idea of root problem causes and potencial solutions.
2. Solutions analysis
A problem’s complexity, time and th available resources will help you decide who will take action to solve the issue. You, someone inside your team, and an external agent can solve it.
In this step, notice the difference between professional and amateur problem solvers:
Professionals understand that they don’t know everything, and that a premier player will give premium results; however, they take full accountability.
Search for qualified talent
One way to test talent and experience is by communicating your clear problem definition. An experienced individual will understand and provide real potential solutions quickly.
3. Solution implementation
Solution selection must take into consideration resources (including time) and risks. Once you choose a solution, take needed actions to make it work.
Professionals will ride out their selected solution until they are certain it will (or will not) work. Amateurs lack patience, which resulting in fast, but frequent solution changes that yield little result.
4. Assessment, documentation and sharing
It’s not about individuals, it’s about the system.
As Nassim Taleb explains in his book, Antifragile, you must aspire to build not fragile solutions. The answer: systems.
Reinforce your problem’s solution system by analyzing, documenting, and sharing the finished solution.