What is the problem?

We have already discussed the definition of a problem statement in our previous post “How to define a problem statement?” Since we received a lot of comments and questions regarding the difference between failure and problem, we decided to repeat the explanation and add a clear example. Here, we want to emphasize that failure can cause a number of problems. In addition, each problem may be different for different people. Do not confuse failure with a problem. A problem can be solved while failure cannot be fixed. A single failure can cause a number of problems. Let take a power…

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How to define a problem statement?

Imagine yourself a situation when your son is approaching you seeking for a help with his assignment in physics class. As a great dad, you do your best and help him with the exercise. The next day he receives a high grade and everyone is happy. One week after he comes to you asking for help again, now with a different exercise, and obviously you help him again. This continues week after week, you learn physics and your son gains popularity with his teachers and jealous classmates. But, a question raises, is the high grade considered the desired result in…

ME59700 Innovation and problem-solving with an emphasis on TRIZ tools

ME59700 INNOVATION AND PROBLEM-SOLVING WITH AN EMPHASIS ON TRIZ TOOLS School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Target Audience You have hard problems that have eluded solution for months or even years. You want to be a problem solver but haven’t found a framework that takes you beyond mere concepts without quantification (many popular design theories or idea generation methods). You want to perform work that cannot be commoditized or automated or replaced by Artificial Intelligence. Your problem may be any of product/service/organization/policy design or analysis. Course Material Understanding the objective function, developing problem representation and system modelling based on…

How to prioritize tasks with Urgency–Importance Matrix in PRIZ Guru Platform

My wife and I like to travel and we travel a lot. Recently we spent three weeks in China, but when the vacation was over, we had to return to work. I came to my workplace, entered my cubicle, and, as on any other day, opened the laptop and connected to the company’s systems. Pretty quickly I realized that those three weeks are too short for vacation but very long to be disconnected from work. Many things happened, and I needed to make up the leeway to get up to speed with everything that had happened and related to my…

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