In previous class discussion, a problem was defined as a situation the causes uncertainty and difficulty in achieving what you want to achieve. This presentation will outline the Stages of Problem-solving.
The process of problem solving can be divided into several stages. This is done to make it easier to understand the steps in the process of problem solving. To become a successful problem-solver, you need to understand the stages involved and follow them in sequential order whenever you have a problem.
The graphic shows the stages of problemsolving; demonstrating how each stage isconnected. By methodically moving througheach stage, you get closer to the goal of solvingthe problem.
Clearly state the problem Identify what circumstances lead to the cause of the problem. Write a clear definition of the problem and the barriers encountered.
Analyze the problem so you fully understand it and then develop ideas which will achieve your goal Develop several ideas to solve the problem to increase your chances of finding the best solution to the problem.
This stage is a process of decision-making based on your comparing the possible outcomes of your alternative solutions; this is the “DO” stage This stage involves: ◦ Identifying all parts of the solution ◦ Eliminating solutions that do not meet certain criteria ◦ Evaluating the solutions against the desired outcomes ◦ Assessing the risks associated with the “best” solution ◦ Making a decision to implement the solution
The process of implementing the solution occurs in 3 stages: ◦ Planning and preparing to implement the solution ◦ Taking the appropriate action and monitoring the effects The process has to be monitored to make sure the solution is going smoothly Any problems must be addressed quickly ◦ Review the success of the action.
Successful problem-solving involves looking at the outcome of the solution and making the necessary changes in the earlier stages if necessary in order to reach the identified goal.