11/28/2018

Problem Solvers do it in the Details

What are some ways to solve a problem.

You can ignore it.  Simply pretend it doesn't exist.  Maybe someone else will take ownership and make it go away.

You can see this pattern at work and in daily life.

Why do people ignore problems.  Because problems are big hideous monsters that lurk in the unknown.  Scary.

Well, perhaps the problem is indeed scary.  But I'm not going to solve it, I just want to see the problem first.

How does one see the problem.

By observing.  Visually, you can take notes, mentally or write them down.  Looking at all aspects.  From different angles.

Next, look for connections.  Dependencies.  Disconnected and disjointed pieces.

Next, try to identify pieces you've seen before, maybe do some quick research on pieces never seen before,

Next, look for what' not there.  Why is it missing.  Should it be there.  What downstream effects could it cause by not being there.

Gather up as much information as possible, a holistic view.

Then, let it sit.  Let the mind rest.  Study the problem internally during the day when the mind is open and relaxed.  Let the ideas swirl around, in no particular order, from one thought to the next, not necessarily in specif order, actually better to jump around and flow through the ideas.

Try different mental simulations, what if scenarios, high level thinking, and low lever details, around and around.  Then let it sit.  Maybe research some more, maybe not.

Revisit the problem.  Go through all the steps again.  Observe and study.  Methodical approach.  When I do this, that happens.  Why or why not.  What does this do.  Why is this failing.  What could cause that.  Remove any pieces from the equation that are NOT the issue.

This is the art of brainstorming a problem.  Where there are NO WRONG ANSWERS.  Try, fail, analyze.  WHY.  Try, works sometimes, analyze.

At some point, not sure when, through analysis, thought, meticulous observation, attention to details and big picture, research and time, a relaxed mind will eventually find a conclusion that will be accurate and correct.  The answer will become convincingly apparent, and repeatable, and it will seem obvious, staring you in the face, almost heckling you, it was right in front of you the entire time, just waiting patiently, for it to be discovered.  And you and the problem will enjoy a brief moment of introduction, perhaps a wink issued by the problem, you found me.  Nice job.

People that do not solve problems, at work or personal life, are not aware of such practice.  Because its a heck of a lot easier to avoid problems, push under rug, throw over fence, pretend doesn't exist.  Yet this practice tends to amplify things, and repeat in life, until one finally faces the UNKNOWN.

The problem wasn't as scary as imagined.  It was a phantom, boogeyman, that lingered in the night.  Problem solving is an art as well as science, based on interrogation, observation, research, and throwing away all pre-conceived bias, rolling up the sleeves, and facing the problem head on.

Based on this narrative, one might expect the author to have no problems, having solved everything over time.  And one would be incorrect.  Some problems from long ago still remain, new problems to be solved develop over time, and perhaps create some new ones in the future.  Some are works in progress, tinker with during odd periods of the day, yet to be resolved.  Some problems have been solved and correct, some were indeed intricate and complex with multiple layers of dependencies and hooks, and took multiple decades to solve.

In life, we can count on change, and like any good video game, there's always something jumping out from nowhere, into our path, which we need to solve.  If you think you get to a certain place in life and everything is perfect, this is a false thinking not based in reality.  The fact of the matter is, it never ends.

Instead of avoiding problems to be solved, you can approach from a different angle.  Problems are simply opportunities, when faced, can dissolve into air, by simple confronting, studying, observing, analyzing, and letting the relaxed mind do what it does, sort of the black box approach, churning all details into patterns, anomalies and eventually solutions.  This applies to life as well as work.

If you can solve problems, chances are, you can find a career in technology, where your skills could be of value.  Because problem solvers remove blockages and get things flowing again.  And the world today, could sure benefit from more solutions to the growing number of problems.

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The secret to problem solving is applying a playful approach to a rigorous analysis through observation.  And sometimes luck.

People often ask me, why didn't you do better in school.  My response, I sat next to the dumb kids in class.  If you're going to copy off someone, make sure they know the right answers.

Thanks for reading~!