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Problem Solving Theories

Problem solving can be defined as the process of a problem analysis and resolving it in the best way possible for that situation.

Problem solving can be defined as the process of a problem analysis and resolving it in the best way possible for that situation.

This process contains analysing the problem (root cause analysis), defining countermeasures for the problem and implementing the right solution for that situation.

For problem solving, people need critical thinking and analytical skills. Everybody within a organization or company can benefit from having good skills because there are always problems.

There have been lots of scientific and practical studies from a learning point of view. Some of the problem solving techniques developed and used in artificial intelligence (AI), computer science, engineering, mathematics, or medicine are related to mental techniques studied in psychology.

What are the most known and used techniques and methods? What are their success stories and practical tips when you apply these? These posts are all about great tools and methods that can help you to achieve your goal or understand certain aspects that come with solving problems.

5 Whys Root Cause Analysis (Toyoda)

November 2nd, 2023

5 Whys Root Cause Analysis: this article explains the 5 Whys Root Cause Analysis, or 5 Whys Technique, developed by continuous improvement guru Sakichi Toyoda in a practical way. It covers an introduction to the method, the application…

Cause and Effect Analysis Diagram

October 30th, 2023

Cause and Effect Analysis Diagram: this article provides you with a practical explanation of the Cause and Effect Analysis Diagram. Next to what it is, this article also highlights two differnt tools to perform this type of analysis, the…

Positive Deviance (PD) explained

September 27th, 2023

Positive Deviance: this article explains positive deviance in a practical way. The article starts with the definition of positive deviance, followed by an explanation about the concept and some practical examples. You will also read about the positive deviance model…

DMAIC Process explained

August 22nd, 2023

DMAIC process: this article explains DMAIC Process in a practical way. This article contains a general defintion of the DMAIC Process, associated steps and practical examples. After reading you will understand the basics of this Six Sigma and problem solving…

Swim Lane Diagram explained

August 12th, 2023

Swim Lane Diagram: this article provides a practical explanation of the Swim Lane Diagram. Next to what it is (definition, meaning and origin), this article also highlights the structure and elements of a Swim Lane Diagram including an example,…

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

August 9th, 2023

Value Stream Mapping (VSM): this article explains Value Stream Mapping (VSM) in a practical way. The article begins with a general defintion, followed by information on the steps involved in the process of creating a Value Stream Map, a practical…

Parallel Thinking explained

June 26th, 2023

Parallel thinking: this article explains the concept of parallel thinking in a practical way. The article starts with the definition of this term, followed by a general explanation and examples of situations in which this thinking style can be applied.…

Business Analysis explained

May 31st, 2023

Business Analysis (BA): this article explains the concept of Business Analysis (BA) in a practical way. The article begins with a general definition of business analysis, followed by an example of the process of conducting business analysis and information on…
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