# Problem solving

It is an open ended discipline of study for **solving problems** in academic or daily life **not randomly but** **systematically and efficiently at low cost **using a rich set of abstract tools and techniques.

These powerful tools and techniques are created from experience analysis and abstraction of usable resources spread over many subjects such as Management, Computer Science, Maths and so on. This approach enables us to apply a technique to solve a problem in Maths as efficiently as a complex business problem.

#### Subcategories

* Problem solving concepts:* general concepts for enriching daily life.

* Problem solving principles:* form the heart of the discipline.

* Problem solving techniques:* help to solve difficult problems quickly and elegantly.

* Problem solving approaches:* these are few but form the most powerful resource.

* Problem solving tools: *are many and of varied power.

* Problem solving skills: *what are the essential problem solving skills and how to enhance the skills are discussed here.

* Critical thinking: *is an essential element for creating new ideas.

* Problem solving in Maths:* produces elegant solutions in quick time.

* Relationships:* Solving relationship problems.

* Real life problem solving:* Help in solving varieties of real life problems through concepts and case stories.

#### Recommended starting point

Article: *Solve any problem yourself.*

## Principle of Interleaving for solving real life problems

## 360 degree analysis approach for solving daily life problems

The Decision Analyst or DA has to look at the problem from all angles rather than from his own point of view. This goes a long way in proper problem modeling and solution, satisfying the need of all stakeholders. Application of this principle becomes very useful in Complex Project management, Conflict resolution, Negotiation and Counseling among other such problems...

## Solving real life Multi-Criteria Decision Making problems using Criteria Analysis Technique

A decision is to be made when there is more than one choice. By evaluating the available feasible choices, according to a set of relevant criteria, a proper decision is to be made which will hopefully fulfill some stated objective, that is, in other words, will solve an identified problem. But the million dollar question is, which criteria to choose for choice evaluation?...

## The problem solving Principle of Exhaustivity

Are you thorough? Have you thought of all possibilities? Are you sure you have not missed anything? We face these questions often around us with varying levels of anxieties, concern or barely suppressed impatience. The affirmative answer is in what we call exhaustive thinking and action. We need it often while we go through our lives. Though the thoroughness is needed time and again, it is a generally ignored and apparently mundane ability...

## Systematic analytical approach to Efficient Real life problem solving

With so much uncertainty in a real life problem, it is but natural that general tendency is to deal with such a problem using commonsense and instinct rather than any systematic approach. This imprecision, uncertainty and vagueness in real life problem solving demand an approach wholly different from the linear and deterministic approach of mathematical problem solving or more realistically, the any which way commonsense approach generally adopted...

## Solve any problem yourself

**Can anyone become a problem solver solving any problem independently, efficiently and at least cost?** To us the answer is an emphatic yes. Most of the people whose problems we dealt with till now gradually became independent. That is the main objective of all discussions here – to offer you resources and ideas using which you may become an independent problem solver in time.

As every human being has large untapped power of mind, with proper commitment and method it is possible for anyone who is not brain-damaged to focus his thinking power towards achieving great positive results...