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Seven Steps for Effective Problem Solving in the Workplace

Seven Steps for Effective Problem Solving in the Workplace | Aerospace Engineering - Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Problem solving and decision making. Ask anyone in the workplace if these activities are part of their day and they'd certainly answer 'Yes!' But how many of us have had training in problem solving? We know it's a critical element of our work but do we know how to do it effectively?
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Nick Lazarchik's comment, February 20, 2014 12:45 PM
Evaluate which solution is the best - You need to figure out which solution best suits the needs of your goal. A smart way to do this is by making a chart that includes the positives and the negatives of each solution. Another way is by talking with your group and deciding which solution best suits their interests.
Nick Lazarchik's comment, February 20, 2014 12:46 PM
Documenting the agreement - You want to make sure to completely write down everything about the solution. Some people skip this step and end up forgetting everything. It is very important to have the solution completely detailed and not missing anything, so it will be easier later.
Nick Lazarchik's comment, February 20, 2014 12:48 PM
Making future agreements - With your group you should agree on certain aspects of the project such as monitoring and evaluating the solution. You need to know who is going to do what. Some people may be the designers and some people may be builders, depending as to what their strong suits are.
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Aeronautical engineer: Job description | Prospects.ac.uk

Aeronautical engineer: Job description | Prospects.ac.uk | Aerospace Engineering - Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
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Melanie P's curator insight, March 11, 2015 12:52 PM

This article was wonderfully short and sweet, just like the overview article I read on the job of an anesthesiologist. This article lists off many activities an aerospace engineer is expected to do in the workplace. Job expectations range from designing craft to consulting with clients about the best craft, model, or materials for them. One thing this article revealed to me was how much of a business side there is to the career of an aerospace engineer. I knew prior to reading the article that teamwork would often be required, but I didn't know so much consulting and managing was. This is a drawback to me. I am fine working in groups occasionally, but I like to work and be alone the majority of the time. Due to this introverted nature, the business side of the job, to me, is a huge drawback. Business is really something I do not like to engage in because negotiating is not my strong suit. Depending on the subject, I tend to be too stubborn or too lenient, so it's hard for me to make a "good deal" effectively. I don't necessarily want a job that bring negotiation to the forefront. I'm glad this article revealed this to me because this is something I will need to keep in mind as I go forward. There may be more drawbacks to this job (in my opinion) than I originally thought. If I were to go into this field, I only want to engage in the engineering side of the job, which according to this article, doesn't look very possible. 

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Nick Lazarchik's comment, February 20, 2014 12:51 PM
Rules - When I took place in building a robot for vex, my group had to make sure to follow all of the rules. You want to continually check that your project (whatever it may be) meets all the qualifications. If it doesn't, you may be disqualified. When we went to the competition our robot was a half of an inch to long and we had to quickly fix it and I believe if we knew this earlier, we could have done way better.
Nick Lazarchik's comment, February 20, 2014 12:53 PM
Working together - It is very important to get along with your group. If you are constantly arguing about certain problems, this can greatly affect the outcome of your solution. Sometimes you need to just play it cool and not start any trouble if you have a group that you don't get along with well.
Nick Lazarchik's comment, February 20, 2014 12:54 PM
Time - You need to keep track of time to make sure you can reach your goal. When my group built our robot we were not paying attention to time and we ended up having to cram most of it the week before the competition. It is very important to make a time chart before you start and to make sure to keep with it.
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Problem Solving Steps & Process - Learning Resources | ASQ

Learn the 4 steps of problem solving that can help you research and resolve the issues confronting your organization.
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Nick Lazarchik's comment, February 20, 2014 12:19 PM
The first step is to identify the problem. You need to distinguish what your problem is. You can use tools such as flowcharts and cause and effect diagrams to help you.
Nick Lazarchik's comment, February 20, 2014 12:29 PM
The 3rd step is to think of ideas you can use to solve the problem. It is always smart to brainstorm more than one solution because you can then decide which solution is the best, or even combine the best solutions you think of. You want to make sure the solution you choose best solves the problem.