Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:53 pm Post subject: Problem solving techniques
I´m new to this fantastic and helpful forum and I need you guys to help me out here.
We are currently implementing ITIL and when it comes to problem management we would like to have an agreed and known problem solving technique like the 5 whys, six sigma or kepner tregoe etc.
Do you have any experience in using any?
1. which technique do you use
2. Why did you choose that one?
Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:54 pm Post subject: Problem management
Problem solving has traditionally been one of the principal research areas for artificial intelligence. Yet, although artificial intelligence techniques have been employed in several product support systems, the benefit of integrating product support, artificial intelligence, and problem solving, is still unclear.
"Guys, come on. This folk just wants some help with problem solving techniques why can't we answer her question you awkward dingbats."
However, having some thought...I concur with the comments.
There are several techniques for problem solving such as Fishbone, Ishikwa, 5 why's and more...and like Viking said, they will all have pros and cons. However, there are really two steps I can think of...
1) Research the web for different techniques and how they're theories work and then try implementing those techniques that you prefer (everyone will be inclined to use different methods according to their own understanding and confidence with them).
2) Using a number different techniques along your problem management road (so I'm talking about using them in a real-life context for the next 90 days for example), identify pros and cons that suit your team and your organisation as I'm sure they are equally effective in different situations. Then you will have found your ideal approach.
I'm not dodging the question you're almost asking the impossible!
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Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:23 pm Post subject:
Use the ones that work for the areas that it works
I don't see how to go further than this advice.
There is a vast range of things that can become problems in the context of IT service delivery. Some will lend themselves to statistical analysis, some to logic analysis, while others will only be accessible through step by step tracing, observation and trial.
You can't say "we will do our problem resolution through this technique or that technique".
You can only say "These are the range of tools we will employ to appropriate situations, because we understand these tools well enough to be successful".
It is horses for courses.
If you have a performance problem for example, you could do some performance modelling, or you could look for correlations, or you could analyse what kind of things people are doing on the system at busy times or you could analyse why people are busy on the system at certain times or you could do all of those.
If your problem is the number of calls for help with the basics of an application, you may very quickly be looking at improved training or better designed applications. You won't normally need a sophisticated toolset to establish what type of users are having the problems.
You apply your experience at the outset to select the best formal approach and then you choose your starting point. If you get too hung up on tools and methods then you can spend days getting to what you already know. Sometimes the only block to problem resolution is resourcing the obvious solution. _________________ "Method goes far to prevent trouble in business: for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those that have business depending, both what to do and what to hope."
William Penn 1644-1718
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Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:19 pm Post subject:
You asking us all the following questions
If sometime is happening ... how do you solve it
The short answer is It Depends
If I have a system problem.. I use the methods that best fit solving a system problem
If I have an application problem...same thing
if i have a network problem
If the problem appears to be a combination... I use best judgement to try to solve it
and of course that word
Past experience and knowledge
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