Problem Solving 101

A Simple Book for Smart People
Author: Ken Watanabe
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781591842422
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 111
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Outlines a popular Japanese problem-solving strategy, explaining how the author's philosophies about critical thinking can be applied to American business environments to enable better decision making.

Problem Solving 101

A Simple Book for Smart People
Author: Ken Watanabe
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101029183
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 128
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The fun and simple problem-solving guide that took Japan by storm Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese schoolchildren. His goal was to help shift the focus in Japanese education from memorization to critical thinking, by adapting some of the techniques he had learned as an elite McKinsey consultant. He was amazed to discover that adults were hungry for his fun and easy guide to problem solving and decision making. The book became a surprise Japanese bestseller, with more than 370,000 in print after six months. Now American businesspeople can also use it to master some powerful skills. Watanabe uses sample scenarios to illustrate his techniques, which include logic trees and matrixes. A rock band figures out how to drive up concert attendance. An aspiring animator budgets for a new computer purchase. Students decide which high school they will attend. Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.

Problem Solving 101

A simple book for smart people
Author: Ken Watanabe
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407030167
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 128
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Problem Solving 101 started out as a simple guide to teach Japanese schoolchildren critical thinking skills. But it quickly became an international bestseller for readers of all ages, thanks to the powerful effectiveness of Ken Watanabe's unique methods. Full of useful diagrams and quirky drawings, Problem Solving 101 is packed with practical tools and brain training techniques that will improve your problem-solving and decision-making ability, and enable you to find better solutions faster. Simple enough for a high school student to understand but sophisticated enough for CEOs to apply to their most challenging problems, Problem Solving 101 has helped millions of people around the world to find successful solutions to even the toughest of problems. Once you've mastered the problem-solving skills in this book, you'll wonder how you ever got by without them.

The Thinker's Toolkit

14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving
Author: Morgan D. Jones
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: 0307560597
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 384
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An invaluable resource for any manager or professional, this book offers a collection of proven, practical methods for simplifying any problem and making faster, better decisions every time. From the Hardcover edition.

Think Smarter

Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills
Author: Michael Kallet
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118871251
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
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Train your brain for better decisions, problem solving, and innovation Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills is the comprehensive guide to training your brain to do more for you. Written by a critical thinking trainer and coach, the book presents a pragmatic set of tools to apply critical thinking techniques to everyday business issues. Think Smarter is filled with real world examples that demonstrate how the tools work in action, in addition to dozens of practice exercises applicable across industries and functions, Think Smarter is a versatile resource for individuals, managers, students, and corporate training programs. Thinking is the foundation of everything you do, but we rely largely on automatic thinking to process information, often resulting in misunderstandings and errors. Shifting over to critical thinking means thinking purposefully using a framework and toolset, enabling thought processes that lead to better decisions, faster problem solving, and creative innovation. Think Smarter provides clear, actionable steps toward improving your critical thinking skills, plus exercises that clarify complex concepts by putting theory into practice. Features include: A comprehensive critical thinking framework Over twenty-five "tools" to help you think more critically Critical thinking implementation for functions and activities Examples of the real-world use of each tool Learn what questions to ask, how to uncover the real problem to solve, and mistakes to avoid. Recognize assumptions your can rely on versus those without merit, and train your brain to tick through your mental toolbox to arrive at more innovative solutions. Critical thinking is the top skill on the wish list in the business world, and sharpening your ability can have profound affects throughout all facets of life. Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills provides a roadmap to more effective and productive thought.

The Art of Problem Solving 101

Improve Your Critical Thinking and Decision Making Skills and Learn How to Solve Problems Creatively
Author: Michael Sloan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781539591436
Category:
Page: 108
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Are you often overwhelmed by your problems in life? Do you sometimes think that if only you had an analytical mind, then you could fix all of the things that plague you? Are you constantly obsessing over the obstacles and challenges in your life but you feel like there's nothing you can do? Believe it or not, but you are a natural problem solver! With the Art of Problem Solving 101, we're here to teach you how to unlock your natural problem solving abilities and not only teach you how to solve problems, but also teach you how to become a problem solver. A problem solver lives a different life from other people. They learn to embrace adversity, develop important processes and work through any challenge in their life. With the help of our book, you can become one too, even if you don't feel like you have an analytical mind. With our threefold process of approach, discovery and action, you will learn everything that you need to become a problem solver as well as someone who is capable of handling extreme adversity. If you've ever been curious on the philosophy of those who are strong enough to endure hardship and chaos without losing their minds, then the Art of Problem Solving 101 is for you. We'll teach you everything you need to know about developing the kind of character that tells the world "I'm here to solve problems and nothing can stop me."

How to Think Like a Programmer

Problem Solving for the Bewildered
Author: Paul Vickers
Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
ISBN: 9781844809004
Category: Computer programming
Page: 259
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How to Think Like a Programmer is a bright, accessible, fun read describing the mindset and mental methods of programmers. Anticipating the problems that students have through the character of Brian the Bewildered Wildebeest, the slower pace required for this approach is made interesting and engaging by hand-drawn sketches, frequent (paper-based) activities and the everyday tasks (e.g. coffee making) used as a basis of worked examples. How to Think Like a Programmer provides a fun and accessible way to learn the mental models needed to approach computational programmable problems.

Stop Guessing

The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers
Author: Nat Greene
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 1626569878
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 160
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Become the greatest problem solver you can be! Bad problem solving costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time, money, and sanity. In this book Nat Greene—who's been solving hard problems professionally for over twenty years—shares nine behaviors anyone can adopt to find solutions to even the most seemingly intractable problems. The problem with most problem solving, Greene says, is that it's not problem solving at all: it's guessing. We have an idea of what might work and we try it out. If that doesn't work, we try something else. And so on. It's inefficient at best, and with really hard problems there are simply too many variables for guessing to work. Greene shows you how to adopt the behaviors great problem solvers use to arrive at solutions efficiently—without guessing. He illustrates them with examples ranging from everyday issues like fixing a malfunctioning garage door to stopping frequent breakdowns at a chemical plant (saving millions of dollars) to addressing the scourge of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. So stop guessing and start solving today!

Problem Solving & Comprehension


Author: Arthur Whimbey,Jack Lochhead,Ronald Narode
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136475222
Category: Education
Page: 426
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This popular book shows students how to increase their power to analyze problems and comprehend what they read using the Think Aloud Pair Problem Solving [TAPPS] method. First it outlines and illustrates the method that good problem solvers use in attacking complex ideas. Then it provides practice in applying this method to a variety of comprehension and reasoning questions, presented in easy-to-follow steps. As students work through the book they will see a steady improvement in their analytical thinking skills and become smarter, more effective, and more confident problem solvers. Not only can using the TAPPS method assist students in achieving higher scores on tests commonly used for college and job selection, it teaches that problem solving can be fun and social, and that intelligence can be taught. Changes in the Seventh Edition: New chapter on "open-ended" problem solving that includes inductive and deductive reasoning; extended recommendations to teachers, parents, and tutors about how to use TAPPS instructionally; Companion Website with PowerPoint slides, reading lists with links, and additional problems.

An Expert Guide to Problem Solving

With Practical Examples
Author: Aditi Agarwal
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539694120
Category:
Page: 82
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Most of us encounter problems in our lives, either at work or at home. These problems cause stress in our minds and leave us exhausted. Instinctively, we start to take ad-hoc actions that we think will resolve the problem, but we soon realize that our actions are not effective and do not prevent or solve the core problem. Structured problem solving provides a systematic approach to identify the root causes to a problem. Many scientific tools and methods have been developed to identify effective solutions to any problem. The most widely used problem solving techniques are Fishbone Diagram, Brainstorming, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, SWOT matrix and 5Whys. Several organizations leverage these problem solving methods to manage their problems at work. Learning about problem solving tools will definitely help you to effectively solve your problems at work and in everyday life. This book will give you an understanding of the different problem solving tools along with practical examples and applications of these tools.

A Professional's Guide to Decision Science and Problem Solving

An Integrated Approach for Assessing Issues, Finding Solutions, and Reaching Corporate Objectives
Author: Frank A. Tillman,Deandra Tillman Cassone
Publisher: FT Press
ISBN: 0132869780
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 251
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A powerful, flexible, integrated framework for effective problem solving and decision making that serves the company's objectives and goals. * *A logical, flexible, well-structured approach to assessing issues, developing solutions, and making decisions that drive achievement of business objectives. *By two leading practitioners, consultants, and researchers in operations management and decision science. *Three chapter-length case studies show how this book's methods can be adapted and applied in a wide range of environments. This professional reference provides an integrated framework for problem solving and decision making in corporations. Drawing on vast experience in the field, the authors show how to apply state-of-the-art decision science, statistical modeling, benchmarking, and processing modeling techniques together to create a robust analytical framework for better decision making in any field that relies on advanced operations management. They integrate both newlydeveloped and time-tested techniques into a logical, structured approach for assessing corporate issues, developing solutions, and making decisions that drive the successful achievement of corporate objectives. Coverage includes: defining objectives, exploring the environment; scoping problems and evaluating their importance; bringing data mining and statistical analysis to bear; solving problems and measuring the results; evaluating the results and performing sensitivity analysis, and more. The book concludes with three case study chapters that walk through the effective use of its methods, step-by-step. Representing a wide variety of corporate environments, these case studies underscore and demonstrate the method's exceptional adaptability. This book will be valuable in a wide range of industries, notably finance, pharmaceutical, healthcare, economics, and manufacturing.

The Smart Solution Book

68 Tools for Brainstorming, Problem Solving and Decision Making
Author: David Cotton
Publisher: Pearson UK
ISBN: 1292142324
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 192
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THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF PROBLEM-SOLVING TOOLS, GAMES AND TECHNIQUES USED BY BRAINSTORMERS, GAMECHANGERS AND TRAILBLAZERS. As working life becomes more complex, we are increasingly faced with problems which may at first seem insoluble. The Smart Solution Book is your guide to solving these problems, whatever their size. The Smart Solution Book explains each tool in detail – what it is, when and how to use it, its strengths and its limitations. The tools range from quick fixes, which can be used by someone working alone, to large scale solutions which can be used by groups of 100 and more. You can also use the tools separately or in combination with each other. • Frame problems so they can be solved • Find a solution to even the most intractable problem • Enjoy the process of problem solving, whether alone or in collaboration with others • Become more creative in your thinking so that, over time, solutions begin to present themselves The Smart Solution Book will change your way of thinking about business problems: apply the techniques and see the solutions unfold. “The essential guide for any problem solving situation. Effective, practical and very accessible. Highly recommended.” Chris Garthwaite, CEO CGA Consulting "There isn't a single individual or organisation that could fail to benefit from the many practical approaches to problem-solving in this book. Everyone should read it!” Andrew Hilton, Managing Director, Corporate Training Partnerships Ltd “F. Durrenmatt says 'What concerns everyone, can only be solved by everyone' - and David's book is the practical guide to getting everyone fully engaged with a creative technique to solve any of your challenges.” Peter Schwanh™ußer, Partner, papilio ag, Zurich

The ASQ Pocket Guide to Root Cause Analysis


Author: Bjørn Andersen,Tom Natland Fagerhaug
Publisher: ASQ Quality Press
ISBN: 087389863X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 136
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All organizations experience unintended variation and its consequences. Such problems exist within a broad range of scope, persistence, and severity across different industries. Some problems cause minor nuisances, others leads to loss of customers or money, others yet can be a matter of life and death. The purpose of this pocket guide is to provide you with easily accessible knowledge about the art of problem solving, with a specific focus on identifying and eliminating root causes of problems. Root cause analysis is a skill that absolutely everybody should master, irrespective of which sector you work in, what educational background you have, and which position in the organization you hold. The content in this little pocket guide can contribute to disseminating this skill a little further in the world.

Hacking Your Education

Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will
Author: Dale J. Stephens
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101619686
Category: Education
Page: 208
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It’s no secret that college doesn’t prepare students for the real world. Student loan debt recently eclipsed credit card debt for the first time in history and now tops one trillion dollars. And the throngs of unemployed graduates chasing the same jobs makes us wonder whether there’s a better way to “make it” in today’s marketplace. There is—and Dale Stephens is proof of that. In Hacking Your Education, Stephens speaks to a new culture of “hackademics” who think college diplomas are antiquated. Stephens shows how he and dozens of others have hacked their education, and how you can, too. You don’t need to be a genius or especially motivated to succeed outside school. The real requirements are much simpler: curiosity, confidence, and grit. Hacking Your Education offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college. Stephens teaches you to create opportunities for yourself and design your curriculum—inside or outside the classroom. Whether your dream is to travel the world, build a startup, or climb the corporate ladder, Stephens proves you can do it now, rather than waiting for life to start after “graduation” day.

The Creative Problem Solver

12 tools to solve any business challenge
Author: Ian Atkinson
Publisher: Pearson UK
ISBN: 1292016213
Category: Self-Help
Page: 184
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Problem solving tools to solve any business challenge. Using proven, innovative techniques from some major players in the business world, this is the go-to book for every professional who wants to find better answers to their business challenges.

The Logical Thinking Process

A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving
Author: H. William Dettmer
Publisher: ASQ Quality Press
ISBN: 9780873897235
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 413
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?A major rewrite of Dettmer's classic Goldratt's Theory of Constraints, this new edition presents a whole new approach to building and applying logic trees. The logical thinking process referred to in the title is nothing less than a broadly applicable, systems-level approach to policy analysis. Dettmer has streamlined the process of constructing the logic trees while simultaneously ensuring that the results are more logically sound and closer representations of reality than ever before. He explains an easier, more logically sound way to integrate Current Reality Trees with Evaporating Clouds. His new version of the thinking process "retires" the Transition Tree in favor of the marriage of a more detailed Prerequisite Tree and critical chain project management. This book contains new examples of logic trees from a variety of real-world applications. Most of the diagrams and illustrations are new and improved. Explanations and procedures for constructing the logic trees are considerably simplified.

Smart Thinking

Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done
Author: Art Markman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399537759
Category: Psychology
Page: 259
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One of the world's foremost cognitive scientists explains the difference between thinking smart and natural intelligence and describes how to improve one's ability to learn more effectively and use knowledge to get things done.

Basic Science & Engineering for Indian Railways (RRB) Assistant Loco Pilot Exam 2018 Stage II


Author: Disha Experts
Publisher: Disha Publications
ISBN: 9387421511
Category:
Page: 200
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Basic Science & Engineering for Indian Railways (RRB) Assistant Loco Pilot Exam 2018 Stage II has been designed on the syllabus of the stage II exam of the RRB ALP exam. The book has a special focus on Engineering Drawing, IT Literacy, Basic Electricity, Levers & Simple Machines etc. The Basic Engineering covers the basics of Electrical, Electronics & Mechanical Engineering.