7 questions to consider to help solve a problem, part I

Remember back in grade school, when you first learned about the scientific method?

Wikipedia defines it:

Scientific method refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning.[1] A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.[2]

Key to the scientific method – “based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence.”

You must follow the same path that any great scientist would use when researching a problem and developing a solution.

First, think about the situation and the background and answer these questions:

  • Who is involved?
  • What are the issues?
  • What is the evidence of the issues?
  • What is the impact of the issues?

There must be reasons that you believe this situation should change. By defining the impact of the issues in the previous group of questions, you may have already begun to think about the impetus for change.

Next, think about these questions:

  • Why should you change?
  • Why is now the right time?
  • Who made this a priority?

Back to basics – use what you know to help you identify what you NEED to know.

Read Part II HERE and Part III HERE!

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