A problem is a situation you want to change, a risk you want to reduce or an opportunity you want to seize. The following are common types of problem.
ConstrainedA problem that is heavily constrained with few available options.
AmbiguousA problem that is wide open with a large universe of possible options.
PredictableA problem that involves little or no uncertainty.Uncertainties that you can identify such as the probability that a product will fail on the market.
Unknowns UnknownsProblems spaces where your not sure where to start identifying risks.
PoliticalSituations that involve cooperation or competition between nations, organizations, teams, informal social structures and individuals.
TechnicalProblems that aren't social in nature such as fixing a machine.Attempting to determine the root cause a problem so that they can be efficiently and permanently solved.Attempting to get things working again as soon as possible without addressing the causes of a problem.
Developing plans for the future.Planning to address current realities.Problems that require a choices between strategies or options.Changing things incrementally to improve and optimize them.
ReinventionA problem that calls for completely replacing things with something new.
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