Three States in Problem Solving
“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it’s the only one you have.”
There are three states in problem solving.
- Not enough ideas
- Too many ideas
- Just the right number of ideas
In the first case (stuck) the task is to generate ideas.
In the second case (stuck in churn) the task is to prune the number of ideas.
In the third, to test and refine the ideas, then implement and refine.
About Esther Derby
I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.
I’ve written over 100 articles, and co-authored two books–Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. I write about management, leadership, collaboration, organizations and change (or another topic I’m currently exploring).
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