A good definition of the problem is halfway to the solution
I have witnessed a growing enthusiasm for entrepreneurship everywhere and it is fortunate that this wave of actions is still in its infancy.
However and unfortunately, more and more people, especially the young entrepreneurs are trying to build their lives around their ideas rather than seek to solve problems.
“A problem is a perceived difficulty, a feeling of discomfort about the way things are, or a discrepancy between what someone believes should be the situation and what is in reality the situation.”
If there is a discrepancy, why is it there?
One of the reasons why people avoid identifying problems is the ease with which they can dispose of them, ignoring them. People with ideas can always say this or that problem isn’t theirs waiting for one that fits on the ideas (future solutions) that they sympathetically built.
People tend to expect others to identify problems that they can solve, rather than take the initiative to seek or anticipate problems.
Many times these people, without realizing, accumulate problems waiting for resolution, which means that the approach to the real problem and their identification is often late.
On the contrary, for many others what is important is thinking that they are able to discover a problem and identify it, paving the way for creativity and innovation.
To identify a problem is the first essential step to tailor a solution, but we need to take a few more steps until we get there.
The frequency with which this problem manifests itself, the intensity, in what circumstances or contexts, etc. helps us to define the problem. It is important therefore to know everything we can about the problem at a given time and the reason why it exists.
If we want a clear definition of a problem we will not succeed without recourse to observation. The observation is essential in the definition of the problem because it helps to differentiate what people say they do from what it really is.
Often when we try to follow a given functional stream to set a problem we did not find meaning in what we are told and once again the observation and systematic questions are enlightening.
In these times the diversity inherent in an interdisciplinary team, when we observe the environment where supposedly is a problem, facilitates cross-a vision that allows us to enjoy the various perspectives of understand the problem including their contextualization.
More, the impulsivity that exists in us to pass to the solution of the problem has to be restrained. Our idea has yet to wait to apply for the resolution of the year.
The idea is only truly valid when the problem definition is complete and this is possible when what we say is what we think or want to say.
Have an idea, better, have a reasonable amount of ideas often seem frustrating, because the momentum of the want to put it into action is caught by the definition of the problem.
Also for that reason the definition of the problem helps to refine our ideas, allowing the speedy deletion of proposals designed without answers to the whys and facilitating the contribution of new lenses.
In most cases, the sooner we fail, the faster is the success, because we are not using time looking for minor improvements.
An interdisciplinary teamwork that identifies a problem and can set it properly becomes owner of a more comprehensive knowledge and problem-solving facilitator.
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