Reductionism (find the small part that actually needs a change),
Synthesis (pull disparate ideas and thoughts together),
Cross-gestalting (find similar issues, causes, or solutions in other domains), Intuition (have a beer, take a nap, and let it percolate),
Modeling (describe it mathematically, or textually, with clay or stick figures),
Richard Johnson's Problem Solving Skills:
Richard Johnson's Problem Solving Experience:
Provided business organization restructuring to enable a client to be profitably acquired, and the purchasing company to see profit within 120 days.
Saved a client 10,000 man-hours of engineering on a Y2K conversion project. (About 3% of their total budget.)
Created a dynamic search algorithm to cut online product search times to 10% of former values.
Found a straightforward way to measure the speed of gravity, without needing to account for relativistic effects, and without resort to new research. (Work is in progress. We'll see soon how effective it is.)
Created an internal notification scheme to save engineering team 100 man-weeks of labor over a 6-month period.