Frame the problem as having an open-ended solution to allow for creativity.
Assume the problem has a limited set of solutions.
Frame the problem as a specific set of choices.
Assume the problem is a positive opportunity for growth, improvement and change.
Frame the problem as a risk.
State the problem from the perspectives of different stakeholders.
State the problem in terms of desired outcomes.
Paint a picture of some future state you need to achieve.
Detail the current situation as a problem.
State the problem as a technical issue.
State the problem as a business issue.
State the problem from the perspective of the customer.
State the global impact and issues related to the problem.
Focus on the local or team impacts of the problem.
Frame the problem as dire and insurmountable
Present the problem as the start of something that is about to get much worse.
Frame the problem as completely solvable or as a positive challenge.
Frame the problem as having a likely partial solution that may be good enough.
Suggest that the problem may simply work itself out.
Present data and facts as a problem.
Present the emotion impact and issues surrounding a problem.
Frame the problem in terms of its human impact.
Frame the problem in terms of money.
Detail the long history and roots of the problem.
Present future challenges around the problem.
Suggest that the problem requires dramatic structural change.
Suggest that the problem can be solved with continuous improvement and gradual change.
Frame the problem as a story in order to make it compelling and memorable.
Frame the problem as urgent with little time for a solution.
Suggest that a solution shouldn’t be rushed and that the problem requires much deliberation to solve.
|Overview: Problem Framing
The process of developing a problem statement.
A well framed problem may be easier to solve.
Framing is often motivated by political viewpoints or agendas.