Problem Analysis

What's the problem, causes, effects, solutions

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Use SWOT Analysis to Evaluate Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
Use PEST Analysis to focus on Political, Economic, Social, and Technological factors
Use GAP Analysis to understand your current state and where you would like to be
Use Stop, Start, Continue Analysis to analyze what's working, what's not working
Use Pros and Cons Analysis to strategically vet any decision
Use WHY Analysis, inspired by Simon Sinek's Ted Talk, to focus on "purpose"
Use V2MOM Analysis inspired by the CEO of Salesforce to set annual goals
Use Problem Analysis to solve problems by focusing on the cause and effects
Use an Alignment Analysis to solidify your purpose, mission, goals, and core values
Use an Argument Analysis to analyzing differing points of view in a non-emotional way
Use Candidate Analysis to make better hiring decisions 

Explain the Problem

What is the problem?  Be very specific and use data to support your statements.

Identify the Causes

What are the sources or causes of the problem?  Why do we have this problem?  Be very specific.

Identify the Effects

What effects occur as a result of this problem?  How does this problem impact other areas?

Propose Some Solutions

How do we solve this problem?  What solutions do you propose?  Be very specific.

What is Root Problem Analysis?

Solve problems together with a proven and structured method for working through root causes by focusing on the problem, cause, effects, and ultimately proposed solutions.   

How to Perform a Problem Analysis

1  Set a clear objective

What is the goal of running this Problem Analysis?  Be ruthlessly clear about the objective of this analysis.

2  Create an online GAP Analysis & invite your team to share their input

Use this online Problem Analysis TempIate and invite your team to share their input and rate the top ideas.

3  Brainstorm the Problem, Causes, Effects, and Proposed Solutions

Invite your additional collaborators or your entire team to share their input and rate the top content.

4  Build an action plan to accomplish the proposed solutions

We recommend using SMART goals to activate your action plan.  SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals.

When to use a Problem Analysis?

Any Specified Objective

For any problem start by removing the emotion and asking these four questions to the widest possible group.

Product Strategy

Examples: The product is launching late?  The product was high degree of errors?  Customers are unhappy?

Process Strategy

Examples:  The new process is slowing the group down.  The process is too difficult to consistently follow?

Customer Analysis

We lost our key customer? why?

Parnter Analysis

Our partners are unhappy? why?

Finance Strategy

Our conversion rates are down, why?

Online Problem Analysis Template

Problem Analysis Examples

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