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Most companies aren't sufficiently rigorous in defining the problems

06-11-2016 - 07:5206-11-2016 - 18:51

When developing new products, processes, or even businesses, most companies aren’t sufficiently rigorous in defining the problems they’re attempting to solve and articulating why those issues are important. — Dwayne Spradlin in Are You Solving the Right Problem? (@HBR)
Many organizations need to become better at asking the right questions so that they tackle the right problems. — Dwayne Spradlin in Are You Solving the Right Problem? (@HBR)
[…] the rigor with which a problem is defined is the most important factor in finding a suitable solution. But we’ve seen that most organizations are not proficient at articulating their problems clearly and concisely. Many have considerable difficulty even identifying which problems are crucial to their missions and strategies. — Dwayne Spradlin in Are You Solving the Right Problem? (@HBR)
Firms […] often allocate too few resources to solving major problems or too many to solving low-priority or wrongly defined ones. — Dwayne Spradlin in Are You Solving the Right Problem? (@HBR)
If the problem you want to solve is industrywide, it’s crucial to understand why the market has failed to address it. — Dwayne Spradlin in Are You Solving the Right Problem? (@HBR)
It is not unusual for an organization to be working on problems that are no longer in sync with its strategy or mission. — Dwayne Spradlin in Are You Solving the Right Problem? (@HBR)
[…] some constraints on resourcing must be built into the problem statement. — Dwayne Spradlin in Are You Solving the Right Problem? (@HBR)
To engage the largest number of solvers from the widest variety of fields, a problem statement must meet the twin goals of being extremely specific but not unnecessarily technical. — Dwayne Spradlin in Are You Solving the Right Problem? (@HBR)
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Dwayne Spradling
Being outside the system helps us see the system in a way that insiders can’t see. — Peter Bregman in Are You Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem? (@HBR)
I (You) know we (you)’re solving the right problem because the solution works. — Peter Bregman in Are You Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem? (@HBR)
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Peter Bregman

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