Problem-Solving Principles

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The list author says: "Expert problem solving requires a combination of domain-specific skills, domain-specific metacognitive skills, domain-general analytic and creative skills, and rich background knowledge. These books will help you understand what these skills are, how to best acquire them along with the neccessary background, and how to better apply these resources to solving real problems."
Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 9th Edition
1.  Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 9th Edition by Stuart M. Keeley
The list author says:
  "The prerequisite skill for any kind of analysis or for clarifying the objectives of problem solving is figuring out what questions to ask to start the process.  This book is one of the very best focusing on this critical initial aspect of problem solving."
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Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving
2.  Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving by Jon Koomey
The list author says:
  "This is a particularly good overview book on the basic tools and techniques for solving real world problems that cross disciplines.  It covers basic principles for gathering data, finding appropriate experts, framing questions, presenting information, analysis, evaluating options, and planning solutions.  Basic skills but unusually comprehensive coverage."
$17.90   Used & New from: $3.23
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Thinker's Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving
3.  The Thinker's Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving by Morgan D. Jones
The list author says:
  "Excellent guide to basic tools for problem solving by an ex-CIA analyst.  Dusty prose at times, but solid content.  The tools are all proven and powerful and the presentation lends itself well to practicing them and remembering them.  These are required tools for all serious analysts."
$10.50   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
4.  The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
The list author says:
  "This is the classic book on information graphics from the work of Tufte and Tukey.  It introduces the principles for organizing information visually for problem solving.  Tufte is a legitimate master of informational graphis, a technical data artist, and this is his masterpiece.  He refers to this book as about "pictures of numbers.""
$29.62   Used & New from: $18.34
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

Thinking Visually: A Strategy Manual for Problem Solving
5.  Thinking Visually: A Strategy Manual for Problem Solving by Robert H. McKim
The list author says:
  "The powerful and often neglected resource of human visual intelligence.  This is a classic book of strategies for organizing information visually, and a nice complement to the Tufte books."
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Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas
6.  Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas by James L. Adams
The list author says:
  "A great classic, in its 4th edition after 25 years.  Covers both the how and the why of problem solving strategies and overcoming obstacles to clear, creative thinking."
$15.25   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Winning Decisions: Getting It Right the First Time
7.  Winning Decisions: Getting It Right the First Time by J. Edward Russo
The list author says:
  "This book distills decades of expert experience into an excellent comprehensive perspective on decision-making skills in particular.  This is a sequel to the superb book Decision Traps by the same authors and incorporates the important insights from that book.  Combines practical proven tools and well-researched theory."
$17.49   Used & New from: $5.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

De Bono's Thinking Course, Revised Edition
8.  De Bono's Thinking Course, Revised Edition by Edward De Bono
The list author says:
  "Edward De Bono has his own unique style: he uses his own terms for things, his techniques are often odd, and he seems contemptuous of much of formal education.  But he really knows a lot about how thinking typically gets derailed, and has many ingenious ideas forcing people to think more flexibly."
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Information Anxiety 2 (Hayden/Que)
9.  Information Anxiety 2 (Hayden/Que) by Richard Saul Wurman
The list author says:
  "More information is only useful if organized in a way that helps you solve problems, otherwise it adds to the difficulty.  Wurman offers a lot of practical general advice on how you can focus better in the flood of information available."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Systemantics: The Underground Text of Systems Lore
10.  Systemantics: The Underground Text of Systems Lore by John Gall
The list author says:
  "Lighthearted in tone but serious in practical content.  Clever principles for building and dealing with huge complex systems, including organizations"
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The Logic Of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations
11.  The Logic Of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations by Dietrich Dörner
The list author says:
  "Superb and exceptionally useful analysis of how we struggle to solve problems with complex systems, and where we usually go wrong.  Deals extensively with research where people tried to solve complex problems where actions led to unexpected secondary effects.  Eye-opening."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

Complex Problem Solving: Principles and Mechanisms
12.  Complex Problem Solving: Principles and Mechanisms by Robert J. Sternberg
The list author says:
  "Advanced understanding of how very difficult problems are solved.  Persuasively makes the difficult and somewhat controversial case that cognitive psychology can penetrate some of the mysteries of complex problem solving and yield substantial and useful insights into human thinking."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Step-By-Step Problem Solving: A Practical Guide to Ensure Problems Get (and Stay) Solved (Quality Improvement Series)
13.  Step-By-Step Problem Solving: A Practical Guide to Ensure Problems Get (and Stay) Solved (Quality Improvement Series) by Richard Y. Chang
The list author says:
  "Simple, concise, no-nonsense practical workbook for improving group information sharing and problem solving"
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The Skilled Facilitator: Practical Wisdom for Developing Effective Groups (Jossey Bass Public Administration Series)
14.  The Skilled Facilitator: Practical Wisdom for Developing Effective Groups (Jossey Bass Public Administration Series) by Roger M. Schwarz
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  "Problem solving effectively in groups requires competent facilitation.  This is a good introduction to the art and skills of facilitation."
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Crisis Management: Planning for the Inevitable
15.  Crisis Management: Planning for the Inevitable by Steven Fink
The list author says:
  "My favorite crisis planning and crisis management book because it is so generally applicable and so practical, and not as simplistic as many"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The New Rational Manager  an Updated Edition for a New World
16.  The New Rational Manager an Updated Edition for a New World by Charles / Tregoe, Benjamin Kepner
The list author says:
  "Good introduction to systematic problem solving in groups.  Kepner and Tregoe's idea have been widely used in industry over the years.  The course is based on the effective use of a few simple kinds of questions.  What is happening?  What caused this? Which course should be take?  How do we protect our plan?"
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The Design of Everyday Things
17.  The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
The list author says:
  "Uncommon wisdom about designing things for humans to actually use, rather than for ideal design criteria.  Norman's ideas are useful both for designing things and from the perspective of helping people solve problems better by designing aids that help them focus better on the problem at hand."
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Synectics: The Development of Creative Capacity
18.  Synectics: The Development of Creative Capacity by William J.J. Gordon
The list author says:
  "Synectics is a remarkable solidly researched, scientific, effective approach to creative problem-solving in both technology and art.  So of course this exceptional book is out of print."
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The Ideal Problem Solver: A Guide to Improving Thinking, Learning, and Creativity
19.  The Ideal Problem Solver: A Guide to Improving Thinking, Learning, and Creativity by John Bransford
The list author says:
  "A great text covering the topic in a particularly accessible yet thorough way.  Very basic but very useful particularly if you want to improve your problem solving quickly and do a minimum amount of reading initially.  A good starter book."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Creativity In Context: Update To The Social Psychology Of Creativity
20.  Creativity In Context: Update To The Social Psychology Of Creativity by Teresa Amabile
The list author says:
  "A useful research update of her classic work on the social-psychological influences on creative problem solving. How the social environment encourages or prevents good ideas."
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To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
21.  To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design by Henry Petroski
The list author says:
  "Petroski illuminates some normally poorly understood aspects of engineering, but his books can be tedious discussions of paper-clips and pencils.   This one is brief, readable, and interesting."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

The Psychology of Problem Solving
22.  The Psychology of Problem Solving by Robert J. Sternberg
The list author says:
  "Good coverage of problem solving that will help you understand better how to make use of strengths and compensate for weaknesses. This is a strategic book for relatively advanced problem solvers, not a how-to book for solving problems."
$38.33   Used & New from: $18.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Rethinking Expertise
23.  Rethinking Expertise by H. M. Collins
The list author says:
  "Expertise is important to problem solving, but it is also very domain-specific.  So learning to navigate the relevant expertise domains because a crucial part of problem solving.  This is one of the few books to seriously address the general issue of different kinds of expertise."
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Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry Into the Nature and Implications of Expertise
24.  Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry Into the Nature and Implications of Expertise by Carl Berieter
The list author says:
  "A systematic re-visioning of expertise as a specific kind of learning process and one that applies to groups as well as individuals.  Focuses on the way people who eventually become very good at things re-invest their effort in new and more difficult challenges as they master easier ones."
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Thinking and Deciding
25.  Thinking and Deciding by Jonathan Baron
The list author says:
  "A superb technical summary of research into how we make decisions, and advice on how to make better ones using this knowledge. Advocates "active open-mindedness.""
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Making Hard Decisions: An Introduction to Decision Analysis (Business Statistics)
26.  Making Hard Decisions: An Introduction to Decision Analysis (Business Statistics) by Robert T. Clemen
The list author says:
  "A one-semester textbook for advanced decision analysis. Notable in that it attempts to present the topic with as little advanced mathematics as possible.  Covers the most important topics in decision modellng, influence diagrams, sensitivity analysis, creativity and decision structuring, uncertainty, preferences, and utility."
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How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method (Princeton Science Library)
27.  How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method (Princeton Science Library) by G. Polya
The list author says:
  "This book is a longstanding classic because of its potential to provide a real bridge between mathematics and practical problem solving.  The first half demonstrates in relatively non-technical ways how basic mathematical principles can be incorporated into basic education.  The second half of the book is an excellent toolbox for thinking mathematically to solve problems in general."
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Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions
28.  Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions by Howard Raiffa
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  "This is a uniquely flexible process approach to decision making with very solid simple tools."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

Exploratory Data Analysis
29.  Exploratory Data Analysis by John Wilder Tukey
The list author says:
  "This introductory book represented a turning point from merely describing patterns of data to actually undestanding them and making decisions from those patterns using an informal approach.  Essential background for applying statistical methods, suitable for all levels of problem solvers."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Visualizing Data
30.  Visualizing Data by William S. Cleveland
The list author says:
  "This is an advanced mathematical graphics guide and a very good one.  A very rich set of graphical techniques for creating data visualizations for expert problem solvers."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

The Flaw of Averages: Why We Underestimate Risk in the Face of Uncertainty
31.  The Flaw of Averages: Why We Underestimate Risk in the Face of Uncertainty by Sam L. Savage
The list author says:
  "A unique introduction to applied statistics, explaining the concepts in terms of everyday words rather than jargon and leaving the computation to computers rather than people.  Introduces the principles and potential of practical probability management in business. Very useful book for understanding decision making under risk and uncertainty."
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How to Lie with Statistics
32.  How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
The list author says:
  "Still the classic work in deceptive use of statistics.  Obviously the idea here is for problem solvers will to this to avoid deceiving themselves and others and to detect dece[tion in their source materials."
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Picturing the Uncertain World: How to Understand, Communicate, and Control Uncertainty through Graphical Display
33.  Picturing the Uncertain World: How to Understand, Communicate, and Control Uncertainty through Graphical Display by Howard Wainer
The list author says:
  "Using graphs to represent uncertainty, a primary tool for helping to solve problems dealing with conditions of risk."
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Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence
34.  Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence by David Perkins
The list author says:
  "A clear discussion of various aspects of good thinking revealing the strengths and weaknesses of each and yielding the useful notion of reflective intelligence as a problem solving tool.  Expands on the concept of expertise to produce a useful model of navigational realms rather than domains.  Crucial insights on what it takes to learn to think well and become a better problem solver in general."
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Apollo Root Cause Analysis: A New Way of Thinking
35.  Apollo Root Cause Analysis: A New Way of Thinking by Dean L. Gano
The list author says:
  "Preventing bad things from happening.  A unique method that rejects categorizing causes and instead focuses on relationships between them.  Many useful ideas."
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Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life
36.  Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life by Richard Paul
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  "More than just "critical thinking" as we usually limit the term this is really a book about lifelong learning and improving our thinking ability over time."
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The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology)
37.  The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology) by James C. Kaufman
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  "This is more research perspectives than practical advice, but this research importantly informs our understanding of problem solving."
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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
38.  Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Mark A. McDaniel
The list author says:
  "What works for studying and learning.  We rely on judgments of fluency, which tend to be misleading.  Research emphasizes spaced learning and effortful processing, rather than massed practice and efficiency."
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Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions
39.  Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary A. Klein
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  "Introduces the research area of naturalistic expertise and the recognition primed decision model.  How people really make quick, expert decisions under difficult conditions.  Emphasizes pattern recognition and mental simulation."
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Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights
40.  Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights by Gary A. Klein
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  "Digs into the source of our insights to test our intuitions about where they come from."
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