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Andy Neil
11/11/05 17:31
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Basingstoke
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#103605 - Problem Solving Tips
All too often, problems posted here are so poorly stated that there is no hope of giving any reasoned reply; eg, "my 8051 system doesn't work - what could be wrong with it?"

Being able to clearly state the problem is fundamental to any hope of solving it!
(in many cases, the discipline of formulating a clear statement of the problem will directly yield its solution!)

The following quotes came from http://www.sawyerpartnership.com/quotes.htm

Charles Kettering said:
A problem well stated is a problem half solved.

Richard Buckminster Fuller said:
A problem adequately stated is a problem well on its way to being solved.

Robert A. Humphrey said:
An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions

See also How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

The following article is obviously not written by an embedded developer, and is not focussed on embedded system problems - but many of the principles are applicable; eg,

  • Define the problem
  • Test assumptions
  • Measure - and measure the right things!
  • Identify root causes

    http://www.sawyerpartnership.com/Spp%20tips.pdf



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  • List of 13 messages in thread
    TopicAuthorDate
    Problem Solving Tips      Andy Neil      11/11/05 17:31      
       Paste it on the wall?      Kalpak Dabir      11/11/05 20:32      
       Definitely!      Craig Steiner      11/12/05 00:25      
          the trouble is...      Jan Waclawek      11/12/05 02:04      
          Tell it to the Teddy bear!      Andy Neil      11/12/05 03:27      
          It works with students      Kalpak Dabir      11/12/05 18:54      
             Good for you!      Andy Neil      11/13/05 08:28      
                OR      Steve M. Taylor      11/13/05 10:03      
                yes, I "say" so, but I am quoting someon      Erik Malund      11/14/05 07:26      
                   Fishing        Terry Lingle      11/14/05 09:12      
                   Another version...      Kalpak Dabir      11/26/05 20:05      
       Best answer        Steve M. Taylor      11/12/05 12:24      
       one thing added      Erik Malund      11/14/05 10:19      

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