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Method # 1: The 5 Whys.Method # 2: Fishbone analysis.Method # 3: Tree analysis.Method # 4: 5 Ws and 1 H.Method # 5: 3 step problem analysis.Method # 6: Problem formulation method.

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<p>How can we understand the problem?Method # 1: The 5 Whys.Method # 2: Fishbone analysis.Method # 3: Tree analysis.Method # 4: 5 Ws and 1 H.Method # 5: 3 step problem analysis.Method # 6: Problem formulation method.Method # 1The 5 WhysDescribe what the problem is.Step # 1Ask why several times to better understand the reasons for the problem.Keep asking why until you get to the real reason for the problem.Step # 2Some sources of inspirationhttp://www.adb.org/Documents/Information/Knowledge-Solutions/The-Five-Whys-Technique.pdfhttp://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5590974/how_to_run_an_ideas_jam.html?cat=3http://www.associatedcontent.com/audio/17188/how_to_use_lateral_thinking_for_personal.html?cat=55http://www.associatedcontent.com/video/912792/problem_analysis_techniques.html?cat=55http://blogs.hbr.org/video/2012/02/the-5-whys.htmlhttp://www.bulsuk.com/2009/03/5-why-finding-root-causes.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Whyshttp://www.ideachampions.com/weblogs/archives/2011/05/some_years_ago.shtmlhttp://lssacademy.com/2010/01/10/introducing-the-5-why-%E2%80%9Cso-what%E2%80%9D-test/http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_5W.htmhttp://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/how-to-formulate-a-creative-problem-statement/http://youtu.be/JmrAkHafwHIMethod # 2Fishbone analysisBad communicationPersons interrupt each otherI language is not usedThe problemReasons for the problemFurther reasonsPerson A talks constantlyVery little of what is communicated is concreteNone of the persons ask questionsSome sources of inspirationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishikawa_diagramhttp://www.mycoted.com/Fishbone_DiagramMethod # 3Tree analysishttp://hbr.org/2014/01/a-taxonomy-of-innovation/ar/12. Root = Reason for problem3. Branches = Effects of problem1. The problemhttp://www.imagebase.net/Nature/treeMethod # 45 Ws and 1 H5 Ws and 1 H# 1What?# 2Why?# 3When?# 4Where?# 5Who?# 6How?ExampleHow can we improve communication? What does it mean to communicate well? What does it mean to communicate badly? Why is a person a good communicator? Why is a person not a good communicator? When is a person a good communicator? When is a person not a good communicator? Where is a person a good communicator? Where is a person not a good communicator? Who is good at communicating? Who is not good at communicating? How does a person become a good communicator? How does a person become a bad communicator? Some sources of inspirationhttp://www.associatedcontent.com/video/912792/problem_analysis_techniques.html?cat=55http://www.bqf.org.uk/innovation/2010/04/16/six-serving-men-problem-analysis-technique/http://www.mycoted.com/Five_Ws_and_HMethod # 53 step problem analysisFind a discussion partner and ask that person to discuss his or her most pressing work problem with you for about 5 minutes. Ask these 5 questions1. Whats the problem?2. What are the root causes?3. Who is to blame?4. What have you tried that hasnt worked?5. Why havent you been able to fix the problem yet?http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/Leading_in_the_21st_century/Lead_at_your_bestRound # 2Discuss again for 5 minutes using these 4 questions1. What would you like to see - and make - happen?2. Can you recall a time when the solution was present, at least partly? What made that possible?3. What are the smallest steps you could take that would make the biggest difference?4. What are you learning in this conversation so far?http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/Leading_in_the_21st_century/Lead_at_your_bestRound # 3Debrief your partner about his or her thoughts and feelings during the 1stversus the 2nddiscussion. Then talk about these 3 questions for 5 minutes1. What did you notice? 2. What were his or her underlying mind-sets? 3. What were yours?http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/Leading_in_the_21st_century/Lead_at_your_bestMethod # 6Problem formulation methodTo formulate a problem, use the phrase In what ways might I?http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/how-to-formulate-a-creative-problem-statement/Thank you for your interest. For further inspiration and personalized services, please feel welcome to visit http://frankcalberg.com/Have a great day. </p>