Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Problem-Solving Techniques #17: Force Field Analysis

I have added another video to my Learning with YouTube channel - this one is about the Problem-Solving Technique: Force Field Analysis. It is a simple to use problem solving tool that requires no special equipment or software - a flipchart or whiteboard is ideal. It is also a tool that can be learned very quickly. In the main it is used to identify the forces that work for and against the solution of a problem so that the positives can be reinforced and the negatives reduced. The following list of what a Force Field Analysis does is taken from The Memory Jogger II  by Michael Brassard & Diane Ritter:

Force Field Analysis - What does it do?
  • Presents the “positives” and “negatives” of a situation so they are easily compared
  • Forces people to think together about all the aspects of making the desired change a permanent one
  • Encourages people to agree about the relative priority of factors on each side of the “balance sheet”
  • Encourages honest reflection on the real
The video is just over 6 minutes long, and I'm hoping that this will be a popular video - especially with students and those involved in continuous improvement.

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