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## What is Problem Solving?.

Quality Glossary Definition: Problem solving

## The Problem-Solving Process

## 1. Define the problem

- Reviewing and documenting how processes currently work (i.e., who does what, with what information, using what tools, communicating with what organizations and individuals, in what time frame, using what format).
- Evaluating the possible impact of new tools and revised policies in the development of your "what should be" model.

## 2. Generate alternative solutions

## 3. Evaluate and select an alternative

- A particular alternative will solve the problem without causing other unanticipated problems.
- All the individuals involved will accept the alternative.
- Implementation of the alternative is likely.
- The alternative fits within the organizational constraints.

## 4. Implement and follow up on the solution

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## The easy 4 step problem-solving process (+ examples)

- What’s the problem? If you don’t know exactly what the problem is, you can’t come up with possible solutions. Something is wrong. What are we going to do about this? This is the foundation and the motivation.
- What do you need to know? This is the most important part of the problem. If you don’t know exactly what the problem is, you can’t come up with possible solutions.
- What do you already know? You already know something related to the problem that will help you solve the problem. It’s not always obvious (especially in the real world), but you know (or can research) something that will help.
- What’s the relationship between the two? Here is where the heavy brainstorming happens. This is where your skills and abilities come into play. The previous steps set you up to find many potential solutions to your problem, regardless of its type.

“The gap between understanding and misunderstanding can best be bridged by thought!” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

## Step 1: What’s the problem?

The ability to recognize a specific problem is extremely valuable.

## When does the problem-solving process start?

The process starts after you’ve identified the exact nature of the problem.

Homeowners love a well-kept lawn but hate mowing the grass.

## An example of choosing the right problem to work the problem-solving process on

One thing I’ve learned from tutoring high school students in math : they hate word problems.

The first is a simple problem. The second is a complex problem. The end goal in both is the same.

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Problem-solving is a universal language.

Speaking of people, this method also helps settle disagreements.

## Well begun is half done

## Step 2: What do you need to know?

Then it turns out that all you needed was gas.

## Finding the solution to chess problems works the same way

## Step 3: What do you already know?

Mathematics is a great place to see this idea at work. Consider the following problem:

What is the domain and range of y=(x^2)+6?

This simple algebra problem relies on you knowing a few things already. You must know:

Once you know those things, this becomes easy to solve. This is also how we learn languages.

## An example of the problem-solving process with a foreign language

I know that I want to say “I don’t eat eggs” to my Mexican waiter. That’s the problem.

Now I can execute the final step of problem-solving.

## Step 4: What’s the relationship between the two?

“No como huevos” is a pretty accurate guess.

A domain of all real numbers and a range of all numbers equal to and greater than six is the answer.

## A recap of the 4 steps of the simple problem-solving process

- What’s the problem? There’s something wrong. There’s something amiss.
- What do you need to know? This is how to fix what’s wrong.
- What do you already know? You already know something useful that will help you find an effective solution.
- What’s the relationship between the previous two? When you use what you know to help figure out what you don’t know, there is no problem that won’t yield.

Learning is simply problem-solving. You’ll learn faster if you view it this way.

What was once complicated will become simple.

What was once convoluted will become clear.

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## THE FOUR-STEP PROBLEM SOLVING PLAN

Overview of “Four-Step Problem Solving”

- “What is the main idea in the question of this problem?”
- “What are we looking for?”
- “What do we want to find out?”

- “What are the details needed to answer the question?”
- “What are the important details?”
- “What is going on that can help me answer the question?”
- “What details do I need?”

- use or draw a picture
- look for a pattern
- write a number sentence
- use actions (operations) such as add, subtract, multiply, divide
- make or use a table
- make or use a list
- work a simpler problem
- work backwards to solve a problem
- act out the situation

- “What am I going to do to solve this problem?”
- “What is my strategy?”
- “What can I do with the details to get the answer?”

Benefits of Using “Four-Step Problem Solving Plan”

Educational Research Supporting “Four-Step Problem Solving”

- Teachers need to investigate how their students arrive at answers. Correct answers don't necessarily equate to correct thinking.
- Students need to explore various ways to think about math problems and their solutions.
- Students need to learn to analyze and solve problems on their own.
- Students' discourse in a mathematics classroom should focus on their thinking process as they solved a problem.

Relationship of “Four-Step Problem Solving” and the TEKS

- The student applies mathematics to solve problems connected to everyday experiences and activities in and outside of school.
- Identify the mathematics in everyday situations.
- Solve problems that incorporate understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.
- Select or develop an appropriate problem-solving plan or strategy, including drawing a picture, looking for a pattern, systematic guessing and checking, acting it out, making a table, working a simpler problem, or working backwards to solve a problem.
- Use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.
- The student communicates about mathematics using informal language.
- Explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.
- Relate informal language to mathematical language and symbols.
- The student uses logical reasoning to make sense of his or her world.
- Make generalizations from patterns or sets of examples and nonexamples.
- Justify why an answer is reasonable and explain the solution process.

Instructional Methods Behind “Four-Step Problem Solving”

- model use of the “Four-Step Problem Solving Plan” with graphic representations as they guide students through the four-step problem-solving process;
- use a think-aloud method to share their reasoning with students;
- employ questioning strategies that provoke students to higher levels of thinking; and
- foster rich dialogue, both in whole-class discussions and for partner/table activities.

Students Using “Four-Step Problem Solving”

Putting “The Four-Step Problem Solving Plan” into Action

In class, students will use “Four-Step Problem Solving” in a variety of circumstances.

- Students will participate in whole-class discussion and completion of “Four-Step Problem Solving” pages as the teacher explains math problems to the group. To guide students through the steps, teachers may place a “Four-Step Problem Solving Organizer” transparency on the overhead, affix a “Four-Step Problem Solving Organizer” visual aid to the white board, use a “Four-Step Problem Solving Organizer” poster, or simply draw a “Four-Step Problem Solving Organizer” on the board to fill in the areas of the graphic organizer so that students observe how to solve the problems.
- Students will work in pairs to complete daily work with a partner using four-step problem solving. Having a partner allows the students to discuss aspects of the problem-solving process, a grouping arrangement which helps them develop the language skills needed for completing the steps of the problem-solving process.
- Students will complete assignments on their own using the four steps, allowing teachers to gauge their ability to master the steps needed to complete the problem-solving process.

Assessment and Grading with “The Four-Step Problem Solving Plan”

## Easy Problem Solving Using the 4-step Method

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## The 4-step Problem Solving Method

- Develop a Problem Statement
- Determine Root Causes
- Rank Root Causes in Order of Importance
- Create an Action Plan

## Step 1: Develop a Problem Statement

## Step 2: Determine Root Causes

## Step 3: Rank Root Causes

## Step 4: Create an Action Plan

## Final Thoughts

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## Introduction

- Bring students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
- Bring blocks with you to the circle.
- Show the student the blocks and ask them to watch you build a tall castle.
- After you build it, bring out two figurines that you would like to play with in the castle.
- Say out loud, "Hmm....there seems to be a problem. This castle is too small for my toys. How can I make this bigger?"
- Take a few big breaths into your belly and ask the class to breathe with you.
- Explain that deep breathing can help you stay calm and focused when solving a problem.
- Ask the class, "How can I make this castle bigger?"
- Ask, "Would someone like to come up and think of a new way to solve this problem?"
- Invite one student to come up to solve the problem (i.e., make a larger castle).
- Ask your student volunteer, "What would you do here? How would you test a solution?"
- Give the student time to come up with a solution to make a larger castle.
- Identify the problem.
- Look at what solutions have already been tried.
- Think of new ways to solve the problem.
- Try it out!
- Thank your student volunteer for showing you how to solve the problem and send them back to their seats.
- Say, "All of us sometimes come across problems we have to solve, and sometimes friends can help us, too!"

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## Plan Do Check Act: A Simple 4 Step Problem Solving Methodology

The generic steps of PDCA are:

Do – Implement the improvement and test.

Check – Check it’s worked and review the data

This process forms the backbone of a continuous improvement culture.

In fact, Toyota who helped pioneer this method, has built their whole ethos and success around it.

## Systematic Plan Do Check Act Process

The coach also ensures that they don’t jump to conclusions too soon.

Problems come back, repeatedly .

## Plan Do Check Act and 2 Different Reasoning Patterns

Deep within this framework lies two key problem solving techniques:

Inductive problem solving starts with data and generates theories based on that data.

Deductive problem solving starts with theories and proves the theory applies.

## So How Does it all Fit?

Using the plan do check act approach, you bind inductive and deductive problem solving together.

By observing and understanding, you learn more about the problem.

Based on your observations, you then make some theories to test and understand more.

And based on the outcomes, you learn.

This is repeated, until you improve the situation and solve the problem.

The Plan Do Check Act model incorporates both of these reasoning modes.

Without stopping to verify and use the data to support this.

What often happens is that problems tend to come back.

And fixes are normally temporary.

## The 9 Step Process to Effective Problem Solving, Built Around Plan Do Check Act

When you encounter a problem, here’s what you can follow, using plan do check act as a guide:

The point is to identify the root causes and create a plan to eliminate them.

During this phase of the cycle, you’ll complete your action plan to do just that.

In the grand scheme of continuous improvement, you’ve learned either way.

If it did work, you’ve also gained a deeper understanding and should now be in control of things.

Remember, to lead well. Communicate, empower and provide feedback!

This is a particularly forgotten element of continuous improvement and good leadership.

Here’s how these 9 steps fit within the Plan Do Check Act framework:

## Where can You Use Plan Do Check Act?

You can use this method in every problem your business has.

In fact, the common reasoning when people make errors is to just settle for it being a human error.

The PDCA method can show you another way of looking at things.

You can also use it to coach your teams in making improvements.

- What is it that should be happening?
- What is actually happening?
- What’s the biggest obstacle you’re going to work on improving?
- When can we go and see if it’s worked?

These four questions help coach the plan do check act framework across the organisation.

## Plan Do Check Act Can be Used Across All Parts of the Business

The PDCA model can quite literally be used anywhere in the business.

Other areas that structured PDCA can support improvements, are:

- Improving productivity
- Reducing customer complaints in the same common failings
- Improving staff engagement
- Improving profitability
- Reducing process downtime
- Improving quality
- Reducing cost
- Improving delivery performance
- Eliminating waiting of work
- Improving morale and staff engagement

And many others that you may have thought of yourself.

## Brain Power

5 steps (and 4 techniques) for effective problem solving.

## Table of Contents

## 1. Define the Problem

## 3. Decide on a Solution

- How will they react to this change?
- Will they need to change anything?
- Who do we need to inform of this change?

## 4. Implement the Solution

## 5. Review, Iterate, and Improve

Make changes where needed so you can further improve the solution implemented.

## 1-2-4 All Approach + Voting

Ask the pairs to spend 5 minutes discussing their shared ideas and thoughts.

Then ask for three actions that could be taken to implement this change.

## The Lightning Decision Jam

The approach follows a simple loop.

Make a Note – Stick It on The Wall – Vote – Prioritize

## Mind Mapping

The goal of a mind map is to simplify the problem and link the causes and solutions to the problem.

- How often does this happen?
- Why are they doing this?
- What are they asking for?
- How do they ask for it?
- What impact does this have?

## The 5 Why’s

Learn more about how to use the five why’s here .

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## Module 1: Problem Solving Strategies

1. Image of Pólya by Thane Plambeck from Palo Alto, California (Flickr) [CC BY

First, you have to understand the problem.

After understanding, then make a plan.

Look back on your work. How could it be better?

Problem Solving Strategy 1 (Guess and Test)

Step 1: Understanding the problem

We are given in the problem that there are 25 chickens and cows.

All together there are 76 feet.

Chickens have 2 feet and cows have 4 feet.

We are trying to determine how many cows and how many chickens Mr. Jones has on his farm.

Going to use Guess and test along with making a tab

Many times the strategy below is used with guess and test.

Make a table and look for a pattern:

Notice we are going in the wrong direction! The total number of feet is decreasing!

Better! The total number of feet are increasing!

1. Click on this link to see an example of “Guess and Test”

http://www.mathstories.com/strategies.htm

2. Click on this link to see another example of Guess and Test.

http://www.mathinaction.org/problem-solving-strategies.html

Videos to watch demonstrating how to use "Draw a Picture".

1. Click on this link to see an example of “Draw a Picture”

2. Click on this link to see another example of Draw a Picture.

Problem Solving Strategy 3 ( Using a variable to find the sum of a sequence.)

Gauss's strategy for sequences.

last term = fixed number ( n -1) + first term

Ex: 2, 5, 8, ... Find the 200th term.

To find the sum of a sequence: sum = [(first term + last term) (number of terms)]/ 2

Sum = (2 + 599) (200) then divide by 2

Check in question 3: (10 points)

Find the 320 th term of 7, 10, 13, 16 …

Then find the sum of the first 320 terms.

Problem Solving Strategy 4 (Working Backwards)

Videos to watch demonstrating of “Working Backwards”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FFWTsMEeJw

1. We start with 11 and work backwards.

2. The opposite of subtraction is addition. We will add 7 to 11. We are now at 18.

3. The opposite of doubling something is dividing by 2. 18/2 = 9

4. This should be our answer. Looking back:

Christina is thinking of a number.

Problem Solving Strategy 5 (Looking for a Pattern)

Definition: A sequence is a pattern involving an ordered arrangement of numbers.

We first need to find a pattern.

Example 3: 10, 7, 4, 1, -2… find the next 2 numbers.

In this sequence, the numbers are decreasing by 3. So the next 2 numbers would be -2 -3 = -5

Example 4: 1, 2, 4, 8 … find the next two numbers.

So each number is being multiplied by 2.

1. Click on this link to see an example of “Looking for a Pattern”

2. Click on this link to see another example of Looking for a Pattern.

Problem Solving Strategy 6 (Make a List)

Example 1 : Can perfect squares end in a 2 or a 3?

List all the squares of the numbers 1 to 20.

1 4 9 16 25 36 49 64 81 100 121 144 169 196 225 256 289 324 361 400.

Videos demonstrating "Make a List"

How many ways can you make change for 23 cents using only pennies, nickels, and dimes? (10 points)

Problem Solving Strategy 7 (Solve a Simpler Problem)

How would we find the nth term?

1. To get from 1 to 3 what did we do?

2. To get from 3 to 9 what did we do?

Looking back: How would you find the nth term?

Find the 10 th term of the above sequence.

Problem Solving Strategy 8 (Process of Elimination)

This strategy can be used when there is only one possible solution.

It is more than 1 but less than 100.

a. We know it is an odd number between 1 and 100.

b. It is greater than 20 but less than 35

21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35. These are the possibilities.

Check in question 6: (8 points)

The sum of the digits is divisible by 2.

The number is a multiple of 11.

Click on this link for a quick review of the problem solving strategies.

https://garyhall.org.uk/maths-problem-solving-strategies.html

## 4 Steps to Efficiently Solve Problems

Published On: January 26, 2021

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"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

## Categories of Problems

- People —These problems center around people, their expectations, and their interactions with other people.
- Product —These problems are related to what you produce at work. The "product" can be tangible or intangible. If you're a home builder, your product would be houses. If you're a software developer, the product would be the application you work on. If you're a sales professional, you produce sales. Problems in this category are often related to the "product" not meeting the expectations of the customer or stakeholder.
- Process —These problems are related to the processes you use at work, generally in the context of producing the work product. The problem could be the process isn't producing the desired result, the process isn't being followed, or the process doesn't account for enough scenarios.

## The Steps (and the Pre-Step)

The framework consists of four steps and a very important pre-step. The four steps are as follows:

- Analyze —Understand the root cause.
- Plan —Determine how to resolve the problem.
- Implement —Put the resolution in place.
- Evaluate —Determine if the resolution is producing the desired results.

- Is there an immediate action I need to take to reduce the impact of the problem?
- Is there a reasonable degree of likelihood I can solve this problem?
- If I can solve the problem, can I solve it in a timely manner?
- If I can solve the problem, will it make a significant difference?

Once this prioritization has been completed, you can analyze the problem.

- Why did the upgrade fail? -> The prerequisite updates weren't installed.
- Why weren't the prerequisites installed? -> The person performing the install didn't know there were prerequisites.
- Why didn't the person performing the install know there were prerequisites? -> They didn't read the release notes.
- Why didn't they read the release notes? -> The release notes aren't included or linked to from the installer.
- Why aren't the release notes included or linked to from the installer? -> Because the release notes aren't always required reading for an upgrade.

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## The Four P’s to Problem Solving

Prep, plan, perform & perfect.

All problems need their own specific solutions. We can’t use a generic solution for everything. However we can use the same process, we can approach every project with the same step by step process.

Before we take a look at the process let’s first understand why we think the way we think.

## Cognitive Thinking

## The Problem Solving Process

- The first step is prep , this is where we understand and diagnose the problem.
- Then our next step is plan . This is where we organize everything before acting.
- The third step is perform . We simply put the plan into action.
- Then our final step is perfect . This is when we check to see if our end goal has fulfilled the problem. If not we can go back, review and rework the solution.

We will walk through the process with the story of Marty the designer and his work for Lou’s Cafe .

When Marty read that Lou wanted a website he was curious what made him come to this conclusion?

- The Cafe is hard to find
- There is absolutely no brand identity
- Need to bring the experience to the people

Initial diagnosis for the problems

- Make the Cafe more visible
- Develop a brand identity for the Cafe
- Convey the Cafe’s personality to the community through print and digital mediums

Marty was now ready to move onto his next step, the planning stage.

- Make the Cafe more visible using signage signage and listing the cafe on Google Maps.
- Convey the experience of the cafe through print and digital mediums

Now the planning stage is read for action we’re ready to move onto the next step, Performing.

Here are a couple of tips when performing:

- You must be passionate and talk yourself through the problems
- It’s always a good idea to break project down into steps or sprints for quick wins
- Positivity is key, always be positive
- Avoid all distractions, turn the phone off, avoid social media and email
- Keep it simple and clear, always remind yourself the problem you’re solving
- Always go with your gut feeling
- Be confident about your work, own it.

Let’s get back to the story. This is how Marty executed his performance.

- He did some research and gathered inspiration
- He took a look at Lou’s competitors to see how he could make Lou’s stand out from the rest
- He designed a style guide for Lou’s Cafe
- Then designed he designed all the mediums for the Cafe, from signage to a website to packaging, etc…
- Next got quotes on everything and then organized it for Lou to look over.

Now let’s evaluate our approach and solutions to those problems

- Did we design a solution to make the Cafe more visible? Yes
- Is the brand consistent? Yes
- Did we bring the experience to the people? Yes

- The local health committee was currently fighting obesity amongst the community and cracked down on Lou’s specialty pies.
- Because of the uproar someone had vandalized the signage pointing to the shop.

- Cars are reaching high speeds and drivers are being tossed around in collisions — Hence the design for the seat belt came along
- Having a hard time seeing when it’s raining? — The birth of windshield wipers
- Need more environmentally safe fueling options — The birth of the electric car

In Marty’s case he processed Lou’s problems like any other:

- Call Lou and ensure him everything is going to be fine, he has a solution
- Create a recipe for a healthier menu. Also share your recipe with the public to show you care about their health. This will have this published in the paper as well.
- Apply a new sign higher so vandals cannot reach it as easily. Also add a tagline to the sign saying “Lou’s Cafe” — A hometown healthy choice. Stop in for our famous recipe . Then have the recipe nicely printed and ready for them at the door when they walk in.

Until this day the problem has been solved, as its current status is — Perfected. ☺

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