The How-To Guide to Problem Solving Strategies

Does your team have a big project coming up? Well it may be time to think about what team problem solving strategies are going to boost your team! Everyone has their own individual problem solving strategies for themselves – but how can you incorporate those strategies in a team setting? This is the challenge of team building!

This post will go over the key elements of problem solving in a team setting. Some of these elements include communication, collaboration, and role clarity within your team. We’ll discuss how individual problem solving strategies can be implemented into a team, and some overarching strategies that will have your team producing results in no time!

Team Problem Solving Strategies to Boost your Business

  1. Give each team member discussion time
  2. Discuss different approaches as a group
  3. Flesh out your favorite ideas
  4. Identify potential issues
  5. Finalize your plan!

Give each team member discussion time

It may seem simple, but giving everyone on your team a chance to talk is a great first step in a problem solving scenario. The individual members of your team will have incredibly different thought processes and will tackle the same problem from many different angles. Of course this provides incredibly valuable perspective on the problem at hand. Rather than having a single-track thought process, your team now has several different ways to tackle a problem.

Discuss different approaches as a group

Now that your team members have had time to discuss their individual ideas, it’s time to discuss the merits of these ideas. This is a great time to talk about combining different aspects of your team member’s ideas, and identifying any potential problems in other ideas. This discussion should be very open with your team, and it should be encouraged to bounce ideas off one another. Think of this stage in the process as a group brainstorming session, the time to think outside the box and get creative.

Flesh out your favorite ideas

After your group brainstorm, it’s time to flesh out your ideas. This is the best time to start writing out your plan, step-by-step. During this process, you’d be best served to think of worst case scenarios for your project. When you come up with a worst case scenario ask your team the question: how would we deal with this? Discuss a possible solution, or at least a strategy to approach that scenario. This should help prepare you for other obstacles that your team will face along the way.

Identify potential issues

You’ve thought about worst case scenarios, and you have your step-by-step process, now it’s time to identify potential problems and holes in the plan. These types of problems (not worst case) can include issues like coming in under budget or having time constraints. You’d like to get ahead of these problems before they arise, and the best way to do this is by clarifying roles within your team. When team members have clearly identifiable roles, and are aware of other members’ roles, they are more adept to pivot in the event that a strategy has to be changed or adapted to accommodate unforeseen issues.

Finalize your plan!

Time to finalize your plan! This is the “fine tooth comb” phase of problem solving. It’s time to go over every detail of your plan to make sure it’s air-tight. By this time in the process, your team should be confident in their strategy, and understand what role they play within the team to execute the strategy.

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