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Andy Neil
11/11/05 17:31
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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

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

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


  • List of 13 messages in thread
    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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