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Work forward in solving problems, not backward

By | 2. Diagnose the problem, 3. Explore solutions | No Comments

The National Academies Press recently published another of their reports—Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering (downloadable here). Chapter 5 of that publication is dedicated to problem solving; it advocates working forward: “[E]xpert problem solvers typically…

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Don’t overdo that MECE thing – make your ideas independent and collectively exhaustive

By | 2. Diagnose the problem, 3. Explore solutions, MECE (Mutually Exclusive & Collectively Exhaustive), Question maps, issue trees, and logic trees | No Comments

This is part 3 of our 4-part on MECE thinking — part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. For those of us discovering the MECE concept and those perfecting it, it can be oh-so-attractive: Finally, a way to organize my…

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Be more MECE (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive)

By | 2. Diagnose the problem, 3. Explore solutions, MECE (Mutually Exclusive & Collectively Exhaustive), Question maps, issue trees, and logic trees | No Comments

This is part 2 of our 4-part on MECE thinking — part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. We’ve talked about how thinking in a mutually exclusive and collective exhaustive way can help you actively drive structure in complex problems….

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