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The Anatomy of Problem-Solving Paperback – March 20, 2007
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Tim Hobbs initiated his career as a problem-solver in the US Navy, earning the coveted Sailor of the Year award at the young age of 19 at his first duty station in Keflavik, Iceland. While serving, he maintained telecommunications, navigation, combat, alarms and power distribution systems throughout the world. After over nine years and three prestigious Naval Achievement Medals, Tim decided to leave the Navy to spend more time with his family. He began a career in the semiconductor industry, where, within months of starting the new job, he was solving cutting-edge technical problems that had eluded his peers for weeks and even months. Due to his strong problem-solving and team leadership skills he was able to advance from a technician to a senior equipment engineer. He is a sought after problem-solving expert within his field of expertise. He received a B.S. in Information Systems and M.B.A. in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. He is the Founder and President of Hobbs Technical Consulting, LLC and an in-demand keynote motivational speaker. Through his innovative professional problem-solving seminars and workshops, he trains organizations and professional groups how to effectively solve problems in a team environment. Tim has an innate passion to help others succeed. His mission is to train the next generation of professional problem-solvers. He is a member of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) College of Education Dean’s Advisory Board. He is also an adjunct professor at UCCS. In 2006, he was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his strong community involvement. Tim Hobbs lives with his wife Lashunder and three children in Colorado Springs, CO. To learn more about Tim and his consulting company, please visit www.hobbstech.com.
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Problem Recognition/Problem Observation/Problem Analysis/Develop Solution/Validate Solution/Sustain Solution/Problem Evaluation
The Scientific Method:
Problem/Research/Hypothesis/Test Hypothesis/Data Analysis/Conclusion/Retest
The book has obvious overlaps with the Scientific Method with this unique exception: the author has taught it as a course at the college level, gleaned from his previous career in the US Navy, where there was no margin for error: lives were literally at stake.
The Scientific Method is usually taught as an activity the first week of any high school science course: biology, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, and physics.
It is then promptly discarded, not talked about; you hope your kids remember the steps and you kind of get it when they really do (or don't). It is assumed known at the college level, with limited review if at all.
The Anatomy of Problem-Solving gives real-world examples that you walk through, each procedure step-by-step, building your expertise on this method that most Naval veterans swear by, heretofore unknown to the general public.
The contrast of this book and the Scientific Method is you are given a modus operandi that should give anyone the confidence needed of fixing anything, from an electrical circuit to a washing machine; a naval helicopter to a business model. It is that powerful!
In a globally competitive world, the United States is now faced as a country with competition in the sciences and business (often hand-in-hand) from Asia and Europe, a generation ago we helped rebuild after World War II. We can no longer assume ourselves always "number 1": China's economy will eclipse that of the US in 2016; as a region Asia is already producing more research and papers in science and engineering.
This is a needed course in college and a version (hopefully) taught in the nation's high schools along with tailored-to-student-learning-mode study skills. It would be a powerful combination to change the trajectory of our commonwealth for a brighter, prosperous future.
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind." Winston Churchill
The true life maintenance examples are illuminating and instructive. It reminds us that what CAN go wrong WILL go wrong if one is not paying attention. Get a good belly laugh from stories such as "Hoopty Certified!" and "it sounded like a dying moose..." Easy to read and relate to, this book can be used as a basic guide to trouble shooting and problem solving for any one, but it is especially relevant for those involved in equipment and appliance maintenance.