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Preparing for next week

You’ve reached the end of Week 1 of Decision Making: How to Choose the Right Problem to Solve.

This week you started by identifying problem solving skills that you already have and use, and how you might improve them or use them to solve problems in the workplace. You saw that applying simple heuristic methods helps you discover the wider context of a problem as you go about solving it.

You also explored techniques that help in the first three steps of the problem-solving process: analysing the problem to uncover the root causes, generating ideas to solve the problem and evaluating your possible solutions to prioritise the best ideas.

Next week, you’ll follow along as Shona turns one of her ideas for raising money into a persuasive plan of action. You’ll explore how you can minimize risk when you turn ideas into solutions, investigate how to think about the wider impact of your ideas, and produce a plan that will persuade a business that your idea will work in the real world.

Shona chose to go ahead with the charity dog show. It was the most popular idea with her colleague, and will be part of a wider programme of fundraising activities. But how and why did she choose to concentrate her efforts on that solution? And what might go wrong?

Next week we’ll start by thinking about risk, and how thinking about what might go wrong can help your projects be more successful.

Have your say:

  • Do you agree with Shona’s decision?
  • What do you think might go wrong? Can you spot problems before they happen?

Join the Comments and see if you can come up with a worst case scenario.

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Decision Making: How to Choose the Right Problem to Solve

University of Leeds