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Rapid Problem Solving with Post-It Notes Paperback – July 22, 1997
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When I first started reading this book it took me back to a book called "Visualizing Project Management" where the authors Forsberg, Mooz and Cotterman use the process of "Cards on the Wall" technique to encourage group thinking and visually determine dependencies.
This book introduces an effective way to solve problems with Post-it® Note. It starts off by showing simple key principles: (1) Chunking; capturing small information of data, (2) Problem Patterns, arranging and determining relationships, (3) Guiding decisions and keeping clear objectives, and (4) the *FOG* factor (Facts, Opinions, Guesses).
The core of the book provides 6 easy to use methods: (1) Post up, (2) Swap sort, (3) Top-down Tree, (4) Bottom-up Tree, (5) Information map and (6) Action Map. Note that "Information map" has nothing to do with Information Mapping®, which is both a registered trademark and different method owned by Information Mapping, Inc.
These methods are represented graphically with many examples to help you determine which method is best suited to find the solution for complex problems.
What I found most helpful in this book was the step-by-step procedures in every chapter. Every method has a clear definition of what it is and how and when it should be used. Grasping these methods will paint a clear picture towards the direction of a solution. I recommend this book to those that are looking for an effective, yet simple, way of solving problems.
In a very friendly way, and without resorting to any technology beyond sticky notes, it introduces several concepts of computer science and systems engineering.
It can be used as a brainstorming tool, but it can also be used by us programmers as a gift to the non-programmers in our lives. It can serve as an exposition of what it is we do all day when we aren't cursing irritating APIs and OS misfeatures. This is about the part of our jobs that we love and that we have so much trouble explaining.
I'm delighted it's still in print. I love oddball books in general, and this is a great example. It really delivers much more than it claims to.
Don't hesitate for a minute to buy this one.
The book is very easy to read; also, it can be read as a reference book (to remind you how or when to use any of the techniques) or as a step-by-step tutorial.
This is not a book with obscure quasi-magical problem-solving techniques only known by rocket science consultants... this is a book about very basic tools that will help you to solve most problems you will find everyday at work, at home, at wherever.
Highly recommended for young people too.
The book is a quick read and gives you step-by-step instructions about using each process in a meeting. Its illustrations, while simple, are concise and informative.
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Small toolbox, great sucess !
All you need are Post-it(r) is a mantra in this book. And you can believe it. Read more
A great book. The tools are simple and very powerful and explained clearly.Published 8 months ago by Shai Adar
I read this book many years ago and then had the pleasure of sitting in on a session run by Mr Straker. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Jack
Easy to follow recipe for success in presenting the facts, opinions and guesses (FOG) to arrive at reasonable and supported decisions in a Group. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lewis Harrison
I love working with groups and post it notes to gather and group ideas. As a manager, this is a tool that I have wanted to share with my staff. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wendy Wingfield
Good stuff, but it's written at the level of a series blog posts. I expected a bit more from a book.Published on June 17, 2014 by Daniel Heater
David Straker's well-organized explanation of how Post-It notes can be used to facilitate brainstorming and problem-solving sessions is worth serious consideration. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Andrewsan