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January 25, 2012

Mtg: Problems, Big Problems, and Damn Problems

by @ 6:38 pm. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY March 1, 2012
SCV Technology Management Chapter
Speaker: Jerry Talley, JLTalley & Associates
Time: Networking at 6:00 PM; Forum at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $10 for IEEE members; $13 for others ($3 more after 2/28)
Place: RAMADA Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website

The challenges we give to engineers are often quite formidable.? But the domain of engineering is ultimately rational, bounded, and scientific.? And then there’s management.? Suddenly we’re faced with human vagaries, unbounded networks of association, political dynamics, interpersonal subtleties, and individual personality.? And it’s not enough to understand the company we work for; now there’s supply chains, strategic alliances, outsourced functions, and industry associations.? The world is much messier.
In fact, we face problems of greater complexity, greater interdependence, and often greater conflict than ever before.? And yet we still live mostly within the same problem solving strategy we developed in the 1950’s.
After 30+ years of consulting to organizations large and small, for non-profits and for-profits, for private sector and public sector, I now believe there are only 6 types of problems in the world.? Each type requires a unique strategy for successful resolution.? Each type requires different solution elements.? The key to effective problem solving is not your ability to generate solutions; it’s your ability to discern the essential nature of the problem at the beginning.

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