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Summary

A four-part process for defining problems in a way that invites innovative solutions.

This article was first published in the September 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review.

©2012 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, All Rights Reserved (P)2012 Audible Inc.

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Prepare, then do

My life at work would be a lot easier if more people followed these principles. I've lost count of the times that I've specifically been told not to waste time analysing and defining the task before working on the solution.

I will be citing this article in my planning in future.

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interesting

good explanation of the subject with real life examples to illustrate the issues and points

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Questions for innovation

Innovations through deeper questioning to drive to root problems and more questions for developing the right solution.

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Inspiring

A great read for those seeking to be inspired and get their innovative juices flowing

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Insightful

Great insight into project planning and some extremely useful questions. Will be using these in my projects moving forward.

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Did you solve the right problem?

A succinct paper and well read. In essance it is all about creating a problem statement. That us the key and that's what I discovered.

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Good stuff

insightful and thought provoking. If you are from the design world then it's nothing new though

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Thoughtful article

Well worth a listen for free. Finding the right question is half the battle. This gives some good insight.