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Strategies for Creative Problem-Solving

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ISBN-10: 0131793187

ISBN-13: 9780131793187

Edition: 1995

Authors: H. Scott Fogler, Steven E. LeBlanc

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Description:

For students, new professionals, and practitioners. Designed to help problem solvers improve their street smarts, this hands-on guide examines the components of problem solving, and presents a series of graduated exercisesdrawn from a variety of industrial applicationsto familiarize, reinforce, challenge, and stretch readers creatively in the problem solving process. Leads readers step-by-step through a complete problem-solving processfrom encountering an ill-defined problem to identifying the real problem, effectively exploring constraints, planning a robust approach, carrying it through to a viable solution, and then evaluating what has been accomplished.
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Book details

List price: $59.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/22/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface xi
Problem-Solving Strategies: Why Bother?
What's the Real Problem?
Correct Problem Definition/Wrong Solution
Heuristic for Successful Problem Solving
Summary
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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References
Exercises
Further Reading
Implementing the Solution
Approval
Planning
Carry Through
Follow Up
Experimental Projects
Summary
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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
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References
Exercises
Putting It All Together
Case