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Posted: 12/01/19 10:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Came across an article about problem solving in business. The thrust was that a few laser focused people, or team, is lacking enough information to really solve the problem long term.

It read that many outside the box people and ideas are needed to fully solve the problem. (7th graders, landscapers, housewives, real estate agents, etc....) These outsiders are needed to listen to the problem and chime in with any and all ideas. Something might click with key people or the team.

Ashby's law was mentioned in the article. It has to do with cybernetics/requisite variety... and was way above my pay grade. I have always thought outlandish, obtuse and off-the-wall ideas and comments are welcome in my thought process to solve a problem or improve something.

What say you ?

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It depends on the situation and the parameters of the problem. I am a firm believer in thinking "outside the box" to avoid "we've always done it this way" but sometimes physics, math or some other such influence will win regardless.


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How does that problem solving chart do
Is it broken (No = No problem yes continue)
DId you break it (No = no problem yes = Continue)
Can you blame someone else (Yes = Do so) No = You in trouble son)

I forget the rest.


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Posted: 12/01/19 05:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ashby's Law

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Posted: 12/01/19 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just curious as to why this is referred to as "Ashby's Law"? How do you prove such a theory? Seems like it should be labeled as "Ashby's Theorem".

Heck, Darwin's theory of evolution is still "only" a theory.


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Theory/law/theory/law? Not a lot different than Law of Diminishing Returns Not a real concern of many.... anyway, back to the Op's post. [emoticon] It definitely is not recommended for leisure bedtime reading.

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It put me to sleep!


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The Law of Requisite Variety.... Simplifed by a man I used to "work" for,.

You live, only so long as TOTAL CHOICES exceed FATAL choices.

Alas Dave ran out of choices.

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All depends on the problem you are trying to tackle. 7th Graders and the guy that mows my lawn are not going to be helpful in curing brain cancer.





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By the time those 7th graders enter the job market there is no telling what they will be capable of doing; and yes, may even help in curing brain cancer. We can hope. [emoticon]

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