Problem Solving How To

What's the problem, causes, effects, solutions

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Use SWOT Analysis to Evaluate Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
Use PEST Analysis to focus on Political, Economic, Social, and Technological factors
Use Gap Analysis to understand your current vs future state 
Use Stop, Start, Continue Analysis to analyze what's working, what's not working
Use OKR Goals to set ambitious objectives and outcome based key results
Use Pros and Cons Analysis to strategically vet any decision
Use WHY Analysis, inspired by Simon Sinek's Ted Talk, to focus on "purpose"
Use V2MOM Plan inspired by the CEO of Salesforce to set annual goals
Use Problem Solving to solve problems by focusing on the cause and effects
Use Alignment Analysis to solidify your purpose, mission, goals, and core values
Use an Vision & Mission Analysis to create your vision, mission, purpose, and values
Use Meeting Agenda to build collaborative meeting agendas
Use Candidate Analysis to make better hiring decisions 
Use Sprint Retrospective Analysis to analyze what went well and what went wrong

What is Problem Solving Analysis?

Solve problems together with a proven and structured method for working through root causes by focusing on the problem, cause, effects, and ultimately proposed solutions.   

Explain the Problem

What is the problem?  Be very specific and use data to support your statements.

Identify the Causes

What are the sources or causes of the problem?  Why do we have this problem?  Be very specific.

Identify the Effects

What effects occur as a result of this problem?  How does this problem impact other areas?

Propose Some Solutions

How do we solve this problem?  What solutions do you propose?  Be very specific.

How to Perform a Problem Analysis

1  Set a clear objective

What is the goal of running this Problem Analysis?  Be ruthlessly clear about the objective of this analysis.

2  Create an online GAP Analysis & invite your team to share their input

Use this online Problem Solving Analysis TempIate and invite your team to share their input and rate the top ideas.

3  Brainstorm the Problem, Causes, Effects, and Proposed Solutions

Invite your additional collaborators or your entire team to share their input and rate the top content.

4  Build an action plan to accomplish the proposed solutions

We recommend using SMART goals to activate your action plan.  SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals.

Use Problem Analysis Online Template

When to use a Problem Solving Analysis?

Any Specified Objective

For any problem start by removing the emotion and asking these four questions to the widest possible group.

Product Strategy

Examples: The product is launching late?  The product was high degree of errors?  Customers are unhappy?

Process Strategy

Examples:  The new process is slowing the group down.  The process is too difficult to consistently follow?

Customer Analysis

We lost our key customer? why?

Partner Analysis

Our partners are unhappy? why?

Finance Strategy

Our conversion rates are down, why?