Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers by Nat Greene

By Nat Greene

Become the best challenge solver you could be!

Bad challenge fixing charges members and society incalculable quantities of time, cash, and sanity. during this e-book Nat Greene—who's been fixing not easy difficulties professionally for over twenty years—shares 9 behaviors someone can undertake to discover suggestions to even the main probably intractable problems.

The challenge with so much challenge fixing, Greene says, is that it is not challenge fixing in any respect: it is guessing. we've an concept of what may perhaps paintings and we attempt it out. If that does not paintings, we attempt anything else. and so forth. it is inefficient at most sensible, and with quite challenging difficulties there are just too many variables for guessing to paintings. Greene exhibits you the way to undertake the behaviors nice challenge solvers use to reach at ideas efficiently—without guessing. He illustrates them with examples starting from daily matters like solving a malfunctioning storage door to preventing widespread breakdowns at a chemical plant (saving thousands of greenbacks) to addressing the scourge of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. So cease guessing and begin fixing today!

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In modern times, good doctors study the problem before coming up with potential diagnoses or even running more complex or expensive tests. They’ll also poke and prod you. They ask you to move, bend, twist, cough, and report how you feel. They listen with a stethoscope, and take your temperature, blood pressure, and pulse. They want to know what you ate or what your physical activity has been. If the stakes are high or the cause is hard to pin down, they will schedule an X-ray, lab work, or an MRI, but only after first using simpler methods.

The car dealer and its shop couldn’t figure it out, and had actually written it off as a software bug, a short circuit, or entirely nonexistent and all in mom’s head. They wasted lots of time, nearly lost a customer, and even offered to replace the car, because they didn’t smell the problem. Chapter 2: Smell the Problem 31 My friend, while visiting his mother one weekend, smelled the problem by repeatedly mashing the button and using all of his senses. A subtle pattern emerged: there were different numbers and tones of beeps just before navigation and just before music.

When she pushed the button and asked it to play Lady Gaga, it would sometimes work great, and she could rock out. But intermittently, it would bring up the car’s navigation feature. It was driving her up the wall (blessedly, only figuratively so). The car dealer and its shop couldn’t figure it out, and had actually written it off as a software bug, a short circuit, or entirely nonexistent and all in mom’s head. They wasted lots of time, nearly lost a customer, and even offered to replace the car, because they didn’t smell the problem.

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