We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Any system, when divided, is much more tractable than the whole. Napoleon knew this: One of his favorite tactics was to send the whole of his army against a fraction of the enemy army, and in this way, slowly wear down what was once a formidable force. Having divided the enemy into small, manageable pieces, Napoleon’s conquest was assured.
Your troubleshooting battles can be similarly successful if you take a page from the book of “Le Petit Caporal.” From a troubleshooting perspective, divide and conquer is the concept that the problem system or problem location can be found more easily by splitting the problem ...