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Work forward in solving problems, not backward

By | 2. Diagnose the problem., 3. Identify 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 – independent and collectively exhaustive

By | 2. Diagnose the problem., 3. Identify solutions., Issue Trees & Logic Trees, MECE (Mutually Exclusive & Collectively Exhaustive) | No Comments

For those of us discovering the MECE concept (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive), it can be oh-so-attractive: finally, a way to organize my thoughts! It’s simple and elegant. The acronym is even catchy. Why didn’t I hear of this before? This is it! Douglas…

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