Three States in Problem Solving

“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it’s the only one you have.”

Emile-Auguste Chartier

There are three states in problem solving.

  • Not enough ideas
  • Too many ideas
  • Just the right number of ideas

In the first case (stuck) the task is to generate ideas.

In the second case (stuck in churn) the task is to prune the number of ideas.

In the third, to test and refine the ideas, then implement and refine.

Stuck in Neutral

Fixing the Quick Fix