Problem Solving In Project Management


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While handling the projects, you will have to deal with some or the other problem. And, if such problems are not addressed quickly, you will have to pay for it in the long run. In such scenarios, problem solving not only helps in meeting the project time lines but also in minimizing the cost and effort. Here are simple tips on problem solving.

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Problem Solving In Project Management

  2. 2. Problem solving is a mental process
  3. 3. Is part of the larger problem process that includes problem finding and problem shaping.
  4. 4. Considered the most complex of all intellectual function.
  5. 5. Problem solving occurs when we move from a given state to a desired goal state.
  6. 7. There are always problems
  7. 8. There are no big problems ; only small ones
  8. 9. You can solve them when YOU are bigger than the PROBLEM
  9. 10. But if you don’t solve them then, they become BIGGER than you
  10. 11. Every problem has a Solution!
  11. 12. Actually every problem has more than one solution
  12. 14. More info, better techniques - have ample of information, but how to utilize?
  13. 15. Rearrangement of existing information - how to manage the available information?
  14. 16. Problem of no problem - Does there exist any problem?
  15. 18. Identifying and defining problem and its causes Problems
  16. 19. Defining the parameters, resources and limitations
  17. 20. Generate at least 3 alternative courses of action
  18. 21. Selecting course of action and put If it works, continue or else do something else
  19. 23. <ul><li>Abstraction – Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Analogy – comparing </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming – large number of possible solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Divide and conquer – Analysis and 80:20 </li></ul><ul><li>Means-ends analysis – action at each step to move forward </li></ul><ul><li>Method of focal objects – synthesis </li></ul><ul><li>Root cause analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Trial-and-error </li></ul>
  20. 25. <ul><li>Edward De Bono </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical thinking vs. Lateral thinking </li></ul><ul><li>There are many other ways of solving a problem </li></ul>
  21. 26. “ If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowds.” - Edward De Bono
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