There is no substitute, the successful resolution of a problem requires for you to identify the right problem.
Identifying the right problem requires identifying the right key question and its environment. Each problem should have only one key question: the overarching question you propose to answer. The key question will have sub-questions, or sub-issues, but there is only all-encompassing question.
“The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions.”