Houston, we have a problem – how to solve complex problems

Every manager and business owner struggles with complex problems in their day-to-day work. If we had unlimited resources, time, money, everything would be easy.

The best way to visualize that kind of challenges is a scene from the famous movie Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks, in which a ground crew  is trying to make an air filter so the astronauts could have enough air to come back to Earth. To solve this problem can only use equipment that is located it the shuttle, “we’ve got to find a way to make this fit this into the hole for this using nothing but that …”

Solving problems with limited resources
Solving problems with limited resources


One might think that we would probably need an army of experts in every field to solve complex problems efficiently but even this does not guarantee a success as you don’t have a  systematic way to overcome the limitations. The only solution is to have reliable methods and tools that could be used across the industries and regardless of a nature of a problem. Many companies use simple methods like brainstorming, but unfortunately in a case of a really complex challenge they are not effective. They have also serious methodological limitations i.e. the loudest person in the team is able to dominate the meeting.

There is a very effective problem solving methodology based on the General Theory of Innovation (GTI). GTI uses system-thinking analysis to thoroughly explore a space of a problematic situation (functions,  properties of individual elements and relationships between them). That gives a unique insight into the problem and allows to address even the most difficult challenges

Greg Yezersky, during a problem solving workshop
Greg Yezersky during a problem solving workshop


Sometimes people do not want to believe that we are able to solve different problems in any industry. However, for me it is clear that not only can we solve them, but everyone can if he or she only masters Problem-Solution templates™ and other GTI tools. Those tools were proved effective in many projects within institutions and companies like NASA, Northrop Grumman and Tauron in Poland.

Let me know if you would like to learn more.

He is the Head of Business Development and Marketing at Invinsys, a GTI Innovation consultant and trainer and a Co-author of the Guide to the General Theory of Innovation. He led departments of corporate communications, worked as a Spokesman, a Project Manager and a Business Analyst in various sectors: IT, non-governmental organizations, architecture. He has passion for solving complex challenges .

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