Notes to Self
Problem Solving

Problem Solving

"A brilliant solution to the wrong problem can be worse than no solution at all: solve the correct problem."

-- Don Norman (2013), The Design of Everyday Things (Revised and Expanded Edition)

"It is much more important to have a safe-breaking algorithm than to have one particular solution to a safe-breaking problem."

-- Neal Stephenson (1999), Cryptonomicon

Solving problems, in large part, comes down to asking the right questions. But it's easy to end up in of a chicken-and-egg loop, because in order to ask the right questions, one needs to have some insight into the problem to be solved.

Problem Finding

Problem Shaping

Mental models


Links to this note:

About these notes

Top of Mind