Problem solving

Housing affordability crisis. Must do something! Must appear to do something! Must achieve nothing.

I have a job where things often go wrong. I have to make them right again. I’ve learnt that rushing about trying random solutions rarely works. There are some rules to follow.

1. Define the problem precisely. 2. Isolate potential causes taking account of when and where the problem is manifest and when and where the problem does not occur. 3. Test potential root causes against other available information. 4. When you are sure what the causes are then you can derive a solution that you know will work.

Recently, we have had a lot of debate, once again, about how to solve the housing affordability crisis. As far as I know, no one has actually defined the problem, let alone specific root causes. They will achieve nothing.


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