This essay stresses that problem solving comprises of the activities of selecting the issues that need attention, defining the goals to be achieved and finding or designing probable and proper courses of action. Different methods and models have been evolved for problem solving and the efficiency of each one is affected by some barriers. This report presents a discussion on some of the barriers to effective problem solving and the organisation’s attempts to mitigate the impact of these barriers and improve upon the effectiveness of the problem solving process.
This paper makes a conclusion that problem solving represents the actual implementation and evaluation process. Issues may arise in this phase due to improper and inadequate problem framing in addition to the organizational problems of organizing and managing the resource. The presence of several barriers also may hinder an effective problem solving process. It is important that the all the phases of the problem solving process should be undertaken sequentially. It should also be kept in mind that the phases are iterative and may have to be gone through again from the beginning to evaluate certain options. Since the outcomes cannot be anticipated with certainty iterations may have to done in between the phases while the problem solving process is in progress. “Skipping steps creates only the illusion of speed and never produces satisfying results”." (Kotter 1995:59)
3.0 Jumping to a Solution before Sufficiently Understanding the Problem:
The most critical to effective problem solving is 'jumping to a solution before sufficiently understanding the problem. "A review of the literature on integrated resource management strongly confirms the importance of appropriate problem definition or framing-getting the context and questions right before actions are taken "(Bardwell