Problem Types and Model for Decision making and solving problems

A problem can be defined as unexpected disruption or gap between current and desired state. There are different methods of tackling any particular issue using analytical, practical or creative approach.

An effective way would involve the progression through following stages

  1. Ascertaining what the problem is
  2. Identifying causes and opportunities
  3. Generating solutions
  4. Evaluating and choosing the best solution
  5. Implementing and monitoring actions

A systematic approach leads to the best possible outcome and in a way guarantees that the steps would result in being positively accepted by the general public while backed up by a suitable rationale. The outcomes would also be more consistent with aligned agenda on hand.

Often we come across a difficult question or choices that seem to go either way. Sometimes people see decision making or problem solving as a single step process or a single action of affirmation or negation. Although it may seem as a straight forward course, the mind iterates though multiple levels of processing.  To break it down and study the steps involved would not only help make a better decision but allows being confident in the outcome that leads to desired state. Whether a decision is tough, easy, difficult it is essential to iterate through the flow of various process broken down at its lowest level

Six Step model

  1. Defining the question accurately
  2. Searching for all possible answers
  3. Examining the impact and outcome of each answer
  4. Weighing the pros and cons and related risks & rewards
  5. Choosing the best solution that is solely designed to fit the question
  6. Monitor the outcome