General, Problem solving

Problem Analysis

Onume Ekwo Written by Onume Ekwo · 1 min read >

As simple as analysis might appear, I sit in the ABP class constantly thinking and wondering why it feels hard to get it right at the first or second try. It begins to feel like I have not been thinking all my life.

Most times, I realise that things are not always as obvious as they might seem but yet our answers are in the simple things. We just need to look beyond what is obviously written, think with an open mind and be ready to question things.

I also see that I need to properly identify the decision problem in each case presented and the objective which most times when gotten right, sets the stage for everything else to fall in place. As easy as that sounds while writing, it actually takes a lot of work and is quite hard to practice because most times I know the problem but I keep confusing what the objective is and mixing it up with the means or methods of fulfilling the objective.

Analyzing a case study requires a thorough understanding of the details of the case and identifying the key issues which would help to proffer the right solutions.

To thoroughly understand the case, you must read the case study carefully, multiple times if needed, to gain a clear understanding of the facts, details, and context of the case.

I really wished I had the time to do this because I actually want to get this course right but the time constraint is a problem. I am trying to work on it because sometimes I believe that reading my cases a lot more might just help.

There is also the need to identify the key issues or problems faced by the organization or individuals in the case. There are usually a lot of information, but you need to learn to identify the relevant information. Look out for gaps in the information provided, understand the situation or any other contextual factors that may impact the case.

Consider different perspectives which are known as alternatives. Analysing the case from different perspectives with set criteria that can be used to measure the alternatives. Evaluate the feasibility, viability, and potential risks of each solution also putting into consideration short-term and long-term implications.

The criteria can then be assigned weight depending on which is most important. We can then move on to see the implications of each alternative on the case and the impact on the company or individuals involved.

After scoring and summing the criteria, we can then generate possible solutions to the problem identified. Choosing the best solution, should be based on your analysis and evaluation and this should be justifiable with evidence and logical reasoning considering the practicality and effectiveness of the solution in the context of the case.

Justify the choice in a clear and concise analytical method including your key findings, referencing the information and frameworks used in your analysis.

Analysis is a step by step process that must be done methodically. I have still not gotten a full grasp of it but I hope to keep at it to master the process.

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