Research and Development is conducted at corporate headquarters in San Jose, California....
Research and Development is conducted at corporate headquarters in San Jose, California....[tags: Problem Solution Case Study Riordan Manufacturing] - Ronald Reagan once claimed “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Over time history has been able to back up what Reagan once asserted.
“Local man attempts to provide joy to the world by opening a jar of peanut butter.” #2. “I can’t believe it’s been a year since we ate all the peanut butter from that crazy tight jar.” #3.
Future Party – Imagine it’s one year from today; what did you solve in the last year? 40-20-10-5 – Explain your problem in up to 40 words.
Then cut it down to 20 words; then to 10, then finally to only 5 words. Dumbest Idea First – Hold a contest to get the dumbest idea out first.
These 5 words are the root of your problem (and likely the root of your solution as well). Explain Life I’m Five – Explain your problem as if you were talking to a 5-year old kid. Encourage everyone to think of the absolute dumbest possible solutions to the problem.
Apply Mc Luhan – Answer Mc Luhan’s tetrad of questions in context of your solution: 1) What does your solution enhance? 3) What does it bring back that was once obsolete and 4) What does it flip into when taken to the extreme? The purpose of the above problem solving activities is to get you to think about the problem in a different way and have some fun while solving it–both of which will enhance your creativity in finding and implementing a solution.
Using a strong grip to open the jar: 1) The ability to get peanut butter, 2) Other tools for opening jars, 3) The joy of cooking my own food, 4) Only eating peanut butter and nothing else. Word on the Street – Conduct “word-on-the-street” type interviews with members of your team, asking them how they felt about the project and the solution. Find the Funny – Write a monologue or stand-up set that covers some of the funny moments or ideas from the project. List possible indirect results/consequences based on the direct results/consequences. Really strong hand leads to: ability to open other types of jars as well, big forearms, possible blisters, … Thiagi’s 35 – Use a point system to determine the preferred solution among your team, turning a possibly subjective discussion into an objective group decision. When the coin is in the air, take note of what you secretly hope the result is and go with that (if you really can’t decide between the two, then go with the actual result of the coin-flip). Problem solving activities that help you implement the solution you have chosen: #13.You can find a more detailed explanation Really strong hand – 7pts. End in Mind – To create your plan, start with the end in mind and work backwards. Gamification – Turn the completion of your project into a game.Listed below are 20 interactive exercises that will help you through each step of the problem solving process.Note: For the sake of demonstration, we’re going to use the same example for each exercise, in this case, the difficult problem of opening a jar of peanut butter (to make a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich of course).Pick one idea from the new list and generate 10 more variations.(with just 5 ideas): –Round 1 (based on tools)–Dynamite, Power Drill, Vise grip, Scissors, Hammer.Problem solving activities that help you phrase and understand the problem you are trying to solve: #1.Newspaper Headline – Try writing your problem as if it were a headline in a newspaper.“Sir, what’s your opinion on this new development on the ability to consume delicious peanut butter? Stop-Start-Continue – Review the way you completed your project and pick activities you should stop (things you did on this project that you don’t think are necessary for future projects), start (things you didn’t do on this project but that you should do on future projects) and continue (things you did on the project that you should do on future projects). START finding snacks to eat while waiting to get to the solution. - Problem Solution: Riordan Manufacturing Riordan Manufacturing is a global plastics producer employing 550 people with projected annual earnings of million.