Category Archives: Problem Solving

Contradictions Do Not Exist, Check Your Premises (Part I)

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.”
-Ayn Rand

This two part post explores resolving conflict that impedes progress. We’ll use mind maps to diagram the Evaporating Cloud technique introduced by Eliyahu Goldratt as part of his Thinking Process in the Theory of Constraints. Part I will give an overview of the technique, which will then be applied to an example in Part II. Continue reading Contradictions Do Not Exist, Check Your Premises (Part I)

Ishikawa Diagrams and MindMaps

Cause and effect diagrams were pioneered by Kaoru Ishikawa as a systematic method to think through all the possible causes leading to an effect (usually undesired). Ishikawa diagrams are typically drawn as a ‘fishbone’ where causes (depicted as the ‘bones’) are represented hierarchly. This arrangement promotes considering causes that may not be¬†obvious or might be dismissed prematurely. This has been described as the Completeness Method. They can be really helpful when tackling issues that you not have faced before. Continue reading Ishikawa Diagrams and MindMaps