If you want the right solution, solve the right problem
Business today has solutions thrust at them from all directions. IT vendors do nothing but offer technology solutions. Magazines will tell you about the latest fad or buzzword - things to do or adopt to make your life easier.
However, in this sea of solutions, who owns the problems? You do. The philosophy behind Problems First is this. If you don't understand your problem, it is highly probable that whatever solution you or a vendor comes up with won't work. Furthermore, if you start a development or implementation project without understanding your problem, you will most likely fail - just like 50-60% of other IT projects.
On this site, problems are synonymous with questions. Solutions with answers. If someone tells you they have a problem and it isn't a question, then either it needs rephrasing or it's just not a problem.
The most important thing to get right is the approach, the strategy
The complexity of modern enterprises and the technology they use are increasing rapidly
I am available for a range of consultations, independent advice and training. If you are contemplating or undertaking a large scale technology project, a few hours and dollars spent upfront or on a review can potentially save you millions and years of wasted effort.
Some background on my philosophy and approach to problem solving are available here.
Here is some information about articles and papers I have published
This site draws upon much of the thoughts and ideas contained in these publications. It also contains more information and material, extending the principles of the Problem Oriented Approach.
I have a blog which relates to this sie and which references material it contains
- Links to a library of reports on failed projects
- Links to reports and analyses on why projects fail.
- Fundamental concepts of a Problem Oriented Approach
- Expanded versions of published papers, articles and chapters I have written on Problem Oriented approaches.
- Essays on Problem Solving
- Essays on the IT industry
- Discussions on Government policy development as a problem solving activity