Saturday, August 28, 2021

Framework Approach To Solve Problems

A solid framework is needed to address the effects of getting the work done, problems get solved and keep track of the varying business factors associated with the paradigm shift.

We live in a world with the very characteristics of hyperconnectivity and interdependence. Opportunities and risks emerge almost on a daily basis. Problems that arise are almost always the product of interactions of parts, never the action of a single part. There are unknown interactions and very high inner dynamics in many problems which have an inherent and irreducible complexity. 

Thus, it’s important to build a comprehensive problem-solving framework, apply a set of principles, leveraging a structured methodology that allows you to frame problems systematically and solve problems creatively to enhance a healthy cycle of problem-solving continuum.

The first important step is to identify issues that need to be solved by the framework approach from generalization to specialization lens: There are strategic problems, and tactical concerns; tough situations and thorny issues, coming through different characteristics such as hyper-diversity, volatility, ambiguity, unpredictability, and increased flux. There are multiple, inter-related dynamics you have to really dig beneath the superficial layer, see around the corner and transcend the interdisciplinary knowledge, to get to the real problem. Every problem has cause & effect; or possibly, the multitude of cause-effects. The framework approach makes sense if many large scale issues are cross-disciplinary, information heavy, or there are multilogic behind it, and there are diverse groups of people that are impacted by problem-solving effectiveness. Focus on your own situation, recognize what you don't know, can't predict and can't control; identify quantitative measures of success and trouble; assess and address root causes objectively.

Highly effective business solutionists walk through the scenario from generalization to specification by clarifying: What are the exact problems- usually a series of issues that need to be solved? Why haven't they been solved before? Where do we need framework and guidance? What are optimized processes, practical methodologies and best practices to solve them? Do we have trustful resources to get quality information, suited processes and fitting talent to deal with them? Will we expect the mega-integrated solutions across the multi-catalog of products/services? How to handle different stages of problem-solving with attention and proficiency to ensure success? From a finance management perspective, consider what capital you are prepared to risk in delivering innovative solutions, never let this be so much that losing it will cripple your business. Generally speaking, a framework with all important enterprise components is the great tool to intensify problem-solving with a strong focus and manage complex issues in a structural way.

The second step is to choose a framework that can serve as a starting point, tailor it to ensure that the original issues are addressed, implement and enhance the tailored framework structurally: In the corporate scope, there are varieties of complexity such as hierarchy complexity, information complexity, network complexity, governance complexity, etc. The framework is defined as a set of principles/model processes, methods, rules, roles, etc, to intersect and interact with its digital ecosystem that underpins the establishment, governance of a particular set of activities. It describes a best practice of how things should be done from a holistic problem-solving perspective. Organizations can be more effective in executing ideas by relying less on silo functions, more on cross-functional collaboration and continuous improvement. A general framework defines abstract components and hence defines the way to program by reducing the scope of errors due to definition from scratch again and again; by abstracting the concerns or by reducing development time, etc.

Sometimes, the concepts of the framework are good, but they are often implemented in a bureaucratic manner with a focus on processes and not execution. The capital and resource allocation (money, focus, time, and people) commitment will be fuzzy until the key challenges are understood and agreed upon. You need to implement a comprehensive framework that fits your needs to achieve the benefits of industrializing certain domains of activities to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and maximize value. A mature solution framework describes how the components and standards of the business work cohesively to solve complex problems, and focus on the solution deliverables by which the scope and granularity of solution models are created. It’s also important to provide the visibility of overall investment in the portfolio and the expected or realized value to be achieved. This can be measured in cost savings, additional revenue, increased customer satisfaction etc.

If necessary, tailoring an integral framework may mean merging it with another framework, including another paradigm, etc: As nowadays, the digital era upon us is all about change, choice, innovation, and people-centricity. Many complex issues need to be handled via interdisciplinary approaches. Growth is the focal point of leveraging an integral framework to solve problems by embedding governance mechanisms into processes, increasing learning, and improving your chances of meeting your objectives on your continuous attempts. A competency framework can merge with sorts of relevant frameworks such as change/culture/learning management framework, resource/talent management framework, performance/potential management frameworks, incorporates multiple and diverse components, provides guidelines, checklists, standards, platforms, processes, tools, and building blocks, to solve problems progressively.

Some complex problems are perhaps caused by dysfunctional systems in which people are just one of the root causes. Loosely structured cross-border interdependencies require a much greater dose of informal organizational elements such as information flow, shared values and culture, common language, multidimensional knowledge and skills, a set of dynamic processes and capabilities. An integral framework type disciplines are used with solid technical skills that understand how things as a system really works and how to improve its overall maturity from functioning to delight. Usually, the containing business ecosystem has social, ecological, economic and political elements and you must advance the development of all of these factors in order to solve the problems in a holistic way. Otherwise, it is a stifling process that diminishes the value of creative framework, across the organizational, industrial, societal scope.

A framework can be either abstract or detailed. Keep in mind, it’s a tool with the goal to create a disciplined, managed space for developing and testing new models, products, and approaches to ensure the real problems have been diagnosed, fixed and cause the least side effect possible. A solid framework is needed to address the effects of getting the work done and keep track of the varying business factors associated with the paradigm shift.


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