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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Tool 43

The solution effect analysis

What the tool is

This technique is the reverse of a cause and effect diagram, designed to check whether a solution actually solves a problem, to compare effects of different solutions, to ensure that the chosen solution does not cause even bigger problems and to identify any other actions that may be necessary to ensure that a solution is fit for purpose.

When to use it

  • Consider using in conjunction with the Ripple effect (see Tool 39). This method will help you to identify possible ramifications of your solution in your own area. The Ripple effect will help you to identify possible effects of your solution across the wider organisation.

What you will need

  • A flipchart, paper and marker pens.

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