Designed to help problem solvers improve their street smarts, this hands-on guide examines the components of problem solving, and presents a series of graduated exercises — drawn from a variety of industrial applications — to familiarize, reinforce, challenge, and stretch readers creatively in the problem solving process. KEY TOPICS: Leads readers step-by-step through a complete problem-solving process — from encountering an ill-defined problem to identifying the real problem, effectively exploring constraints, planning a robust approach, carrying it through to a viable solution, and then evaluating what has been accomplished. MARKETS: For students, new professionals, and practitioners.
1. Introduction: A Rationale for Problem Solving Strategies.
2. A Heuristic.
3. Problem Definition.
4. Generating Alternatives.
5. Decide the Course of Action.
6. Carry Through.