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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Tool 7

Cartesian logic

What the tool is

This tool helps a problem owner to explore an issue from all angles. You can use the technique on your own or involve others in the process.

When to use it

  • When you need to ensure that you have looked at the problem from every possible angle.
  • When you are torn between two possible solutions.
  • When avoidance of the issue could be as useful as tackling it.
  • When you want to test a possible solution to a problem.

What you will need

  • Pen and paper.

How to use it

Consider your problem and a possible solution. Let us call the solution X. Ask yourself:

  • What would happen if I do X?
  • What would not happen if I do X?
  • What would happen if I do not do X?
  • What would not happen if I do not do X?

Write down ...

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