Strategies for Creative Problem Solving

ISBN-10: 0130082791
ISBN-13: 9780130082794
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $59.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/29/2007
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

A Systematic, Proven Approach to Problem Solving-Now Fully Updated with New Examples and Interactive Resources "Strategies for Creative Problem Solving, Second Edition, " will help you sharpen your "street smarts" and leverage your creative skills to find better solutions for virtually any technical problem. Drawing on advanced, National Science Foundation-funded research, it introduces a start-to-finish problem-solving framework that integrates proven strategies from today's most effective technical organizations. Using its hands-on techniques and exercises, you'll learn how to gather data, systematically identify problems, generate superior alternatives, choose and implement the best solution, evaluate what you learn, and use that knowledge to create even better outcomes. The first edition of "Strategies for Creative Problem Solving "won the prestigious American Society for Engineering Education Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award. This new edition has been systematically updated and revised, offering even greater value to every engineer, technical practitioner, and student. Among its many improvements: Dozens of new examples, plus two detailed real-world case studies Better, more coherent organization, reflecting feedback from thousands of students and professionals New coverage of team-based problem solving, including conflict resolution More coverage of critical thinking, including the use of the Socratic method An introduction to the powerful TRIZ technique for resolving contradictions Proven troubleshooting algorithms for identifying root causes of equipment and process problems All-New CD-ROM and Web Site The CD-ROM and Web site contain numerous enrichment opportunities for both students and instructors including Interactive Computer Modules: Seven simulations, which are linked to the book's content and are designed to deepen your expertise with every stage of the problem-solving process. Summary Notes: Chapter-specific material that highlights important points in each chapter-excellent for classroom presentations and concept review. Learning Resources: Thoughts on problem solving; closed-ended and open-ended problem-solving heuristics. Professional Reference Shelf: Additional examples and problem-solving material. Additional Study Materials: Course syllabi and Web links to related material.

Preface xi
Problem-Solving Strategies: Why Bother?
What's the Real Problem?
Correct Problem Definition/Wrong Solution
Heuristic for Successful Problem Solving
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Further Reading 14
The Characteristics, Attitudes, and Environment Necessary for Effective Problem Solving
Getting in the Right Frame of Mind
Having a Vision
Working Together in Teams
Conflict Resolution
Team Decisions
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Further Reading
Gathering Information on the Problem
The First Four Steps
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Problem Definition
Defining the Real Problem: Four Techniques
Technique 1: Finding Out Where the Problem Came From
Technique 2: Using the Present State/Desired State and the Duncker Diagram to Define the Real Problem
Technique 3: Using the Statement Restatement Technique
Technique 4: Kepner Tregoe Problem Analysis
Which Technique to Choose?
Determine Whether the Problem Should Be Solved
Brainstorm Potential Causes and Solution Alternatives
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Further Reading
Appendix: Questions for a Socratic Dialog
Breaking Down the Barriers to Generating Ideas
Recognizing Mental Blocks
Blockbusting
Improving Your Creative Abilities
Risk Taking
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Further Reading
Generating Solutions
Brainstorming
Free Association
Vertical Thinking
Lateral Thinking
Futuring
Organizing Brainstorming Ideas: The Fishbone Diagram
Brainwriting
Analogy and Cross-Fertilization
Incubating Ideas
TRIZ
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Further Reading
Deciding the Course of Action
K.T. Situation Appraisal
K.T. Problem Analysis
K.T. Decision Analysis
Adverse Consequences of the Alternative Solutions
K.T. Potential Problem Analysis
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Further Reading
Implementing the Solution
Approval
Planning
Carry Through
Follow Up
Experimental Projects
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Further Reading
Evaluation
General Guidelines
Ethical Considerations
Safety Considerations
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Further Reading
Troubleshooting
Some General Guidelines
Early Morning Shivers: An Example of Troubleshooting
Technical Troubleshooting Exercise
Interactive Computing Module on Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting Laboratory Equipment
Summary
CD-ROM Material
References
Exercises
Putting It All Together
Case

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