7 Steps to Better Project Problem Solving

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7 Steps to Better Project Problem Solving

Problem-solving is a skill needed for all project phases and knowledge areas.  Here are seven steps to take to improve your problem solving:

  1. Understand the problem. Remember, Einstein recommended 55 minutes to understand an hour-to-solve problem.
  2. Identify 3-5 of the best alternatives. These should solve the problem most efficiently, completely, ethically, and with the least cost.
  3. Select a solution, get buy-in. The stakeholders of the problem should agree with the solution and means of implementation.
  4. Implement the solution. Follow the plan you laid out and stakeholders bought into.
  5. Monitor the implementation. Inform stakeholders of any deviations from the plan.
  6. Confirm the solution. Be sure the problem was completely solved as advertised. Go back to step 1 if it was not.
  7. Hold a lessons learned meeting. Commit to better processes and solutions for next time.

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