Work through the cycle.
When you're solving business problems, it's all-too-easy easy to skip over important steps in the problem-solving process, meaning that you can miss good solutions, or, worse still, fail to identify the problem correctly in the first place.
One way to prevent this happening is by using the Simplex Process. This powerful step-by-step tool helps you identify and solve problems creatively and effectively. It guides you through each stage of the problem-solving process, from finding the problem to implementing a solution. This helps you ensure that your solutions are creative, robust and well considered.
In this article, we'll look at each step of the Simplex Process. We'll also review some of the tools and resources that will help at each stage.
The Simplex Process was created by Min Basadur, and was popularized in his book, "The Power of Innovation."
It is suitable for problems and projects of any scale. It uses the eight stages shown in Figure 1, below:
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