Without one, your solutions may be ineffective, or you'll get stuck and do nothing, with sometimes painful consequences.
There are four basic steps in solving a problem: Steps 2 to 4 of this process are covered in depth in other areas of Mind Tools.
A very significant part of this involves making sense of the complex situation in which the problem occurs, so that you can pinpoint exactly what the problem is.
Many of the tools in this section help you do just that.
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The Excel Problem Solving Workbook Year 8 has been specifically written for the YEAR 8 AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM MATHEMATICS COURSE.This book aims to give Year 8 Mathematics students a step-by-step process for both the Problem Solving and Reasoning proficiency strands of the new curriculum.This workbook features 80 different smile-inducing comic strips that help mini mathematicians build their skills through story problems.Much of that confidence comes from having a good process to use when approaching a problem.With one, you can solve problems quickly and effectively.We look at these, and then review some useful, well-established problem-solving frameworks.The key to a good problem definition is ensuring that you deal with the real problem – not its symptoms.If you commit yourself too early, you can end up with a problem statement that's really a solution instead.For example, consider this problem statement: "We have to find a way of disciplining of people who do substandard work." This doesn't allow you the opportunity of discovering the real reasons for under-performance.Eligible products include; books, audio books, stationery, DVDs, calendars and diaries.If you are unable to provide your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number at the time of the transaction, you will be unable to earn Qantas Points.