Only my proverbial modesty stops me to call the Rules providential, but they are and many
problems will learn this fast.
Apply the Rules without hesitation!
MY PROBLEM SOLVING RULES
by Peter Gluck (June 2011)
“The problems are here to be solved.”
“My aim: to solve Mankind’s’s real problems.”
1. There are NO isolated problems, they always come in dynamic bunches
2. There are NO final solutions for the really great problems, these have to be solved again and again.
3. NOT solving the problem, but defining it is the critical step .
4. NOT the unknown data, but those known and untrue are the greatest obstacle to ths solution.
5. .NOT what we know, but what we don’t know is more important for solving the problem.
6. NOT the main desired positive effect, but those secondary negative and/or undesired effects decide in most cases if a solution is implemented.
7. NOT all problems have a complete, genuine solution.
8 .NOT the solutions that seem perfect from the start, but those which are very perfectible are the best in many cases.
9. NOT the bright, shiny, spectacular solutions but those elaborated, worked out with difficulty and effort and patience are more valuable and have a larger area of applicability.
10.NOT the solutions that are logical and perfectly rational, but those that are adequate for the feelings of the potential users, even if they are ilogical, have the greatest chances of fast implementation.
11. NOT the quality of the solution but the speed of its implementaion is the decisive factor in many cases. It can be better to have a partial solution applied fast than a slower almost perfect solution.
12. NOT always long hours of hard work and great efforts, but (sometimes) relaxation and fun is the best way to obtain solutions for (awfully) difficult problems.
13. NOT our own problems, but the problems of other people are usually more boldly and creatively solved by us
14 NOT the solutions worked out by us, but those borrowed. bought or stolen from others are more easily accepted and implemented.
15 NOT the enhancement of human strengths but the limitation
of human weaknesses is more useful for efficient problem solving
16- NOT the very careful perfect planning, but the smart assuming of risks and firm decision taking are the practical keys to successful problem solving.
17. Do NOT accept the premises of the problem, change them as necessary and possible.
18. Do NOT stop at the first solution, seek for alternatives.
However, for the advanced problem solvers, there is a SUPER –RULE- the most important of all;
19. NOT the wise application of these rules but the finding of the specific exceptions to these, is the real high art of problem solving.