If you don’t have a problem, you’ve got a big problem.
It’s important to know where a problem happens, but also when it happens.
Solutions are 90% defining and the other half is solving.
To solve a problem, you’ve got to understand things as they are.
Before you start solving a new problem, solve the one you have now.
It’s good to solve your problems, but it’s better to solve you customers’ problems.
Opportunities are problems in sheep’s clothing.
There’s nothing worse than solving the wrong problem – all the cost with none of the solution.
When you’re stumped by a problem, make it worse then do the opposite.
With problem definition, error on the side of clarity.
All problems are business problems, unless you care about society’s problems.
Odds are, your problem has been solved by someone else. Your real problem is to find them.
Define your problem as narrowly as possible, but no narrower.
Problems are not a sign of weakness.
Before adding something to solve the problem, try removing something.
If your problem involves more than two things, you have more than one problem.
The problem you think you have is never the problem you actually have.
Problems can be solved before, during or after they happen and the solutions are different.
Start with the biggest problem, otherwise you’re only getting ready to solve the biggest problem.
If you can’t draw a closeup sketch of the problem, you don’t understand it well enough.
If you have an itchy backside and you scratch you head, you still have an itch. And it’s the same with problems.
If innovation is all about problem solving and problem solving is all about problem definition, well, there you have it.
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