Picking a Problem & Developing the Requirements/ Research

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Step 0  

Identify the need or problem


  • Compare / Contrast is used to show similarities and differences
  • Decision process
  • Drawing Conclusions
Image result for picking a problem Do research to answer your questions about the potential problem Research
  • Classification
  • Sequencing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Compare / Contrast
Root Cause
Step 1 Team discussion ...



  • Be creative in your thinking.
  • Are there issues in picking the problem?


  • How are we going to organize doing this process?
  • What's the important issues in the community?
  • How will we do this?


Step 2




Thoughtful discussion ideas  web site -Kialo,com

Review and select a problem


One environmental solution using old plastics (YouTube) /  Paper(PDF)



Global Drivers: 


Possible choices
  • Politicians working cooperatively
  • Drug problem in the USA/ Our Community
  • Creating a Community Culture
  • Hunger in the world/ our neighborhood?
  • Has technology been a benefit to society?
  • Future of work?
Step 3 Use tools to evaluate the root cause  Problem Framing,

Look for many options to reframe the problem.  Its like doing a brain-storming for the problem vs. the solution.


Picking a Topic
Fishbone Diagram
The 5 Whys


Step 4 Final one is selected to work on Does it need to be broken into its parts?
Step 5 Create the requirements for judging you final solution Requirement
A few words on problem area selection  
  • This will be considered later in the methodology, but it's useful to begin to formulate your ideas
  • Consider areas of common interest and passions within your group - this can coalesce around your mission
  • It be a big problem, but you can focus on a smaller area to make a more practical and immediate impact
  • Be creative on enlisting supports
  • There is no wrong answer - work on a problem that inspires you!



Reflect on our process




week 8,9

a) Picking a project ...  b)  Requirements & Measurements


Flip Problem framing, Design

Framing the problem Requirement
5 Whys Root Cause analysis