Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quick Problem Solving Techniques

Reasoning (logic)

1. Just because something doesn't work one way, doesn't mean the solution is the diametrically opposite to the problem.

2. Just because it didn't work once, doesn't mean it won't work if you try it again (variance) - Correlations

3. Cause and effect

4. If things are moving in cycles - then the solution is reversion to the mean

Lateral Brainstorming (creativity)

- Think of as many unrelated concepts to the problem

Timing Consequential Planning (meta-thinking)

- Chess moves - if I do this, then my opponent does this, then I will do X ?

Diagrammatically, Counting (facts)

1. Draw out the problem with possible flows between categorised issues (categorised correlations, degroup unrelated)

2.1 Counting
2.2 Charting
2.3 Hypothesis testing

General Consensus (external factors)

1. Use the crowd sentiment (surveys, mainstream artcles, dogmas) to understand the current status
2. Use trending figures to determine future trend (with timing planning) - when to go against the trend