Some Helpful Hints About Problem Solving


Frustration is almost inevitable during the process of solving a complex problem. Team members who are new to the problem solving process may become frustrated if their idea is not chosen for development or if the selected prototype fails to meet expectations. Other persons may be uncomfortable in a group situation where group dynamics and cooperative learning play a very important role in the success of the project. Problem solvers must:


BE FLEXIBLE. Team members must be prepared to compromise, combine good ideas, listen to and treat all suggestions fairly and equally.


BE PATIENT. It is important to work through the various steps of the problem solving process. Do not select a good idea and run with it without considering alternatives.


BE POSITIVE. There are many stumbling blocks along the road of successful solutions; disappointments are merely a part of the problem solving process. It is important that all participants maintain an optimistic attitude even when setbacks occur.