Problem solving is the process of identifying and resolving issues that prevent a product from functioning as intended. In the context of product development, problem solving often involves troubleshooting design flaws and defects, developing workaround solutions, and making improvements to the overall design. To be effective, problem solving must be approached in a systematic and methodical manner. First, the issue at hand must be clearly understood. Next, potential solutions must be generated and evaluated. Finally, the most promising solution must be implemented and tested to verify that it resolves the issue. Only by following this disciplined approach can product development teams hope to resolve complex issues in a timely and efficient manner.
The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) is a decision-making tool for product development and other complex multi-criteria problems where both qualitative and quantitative
The theory of inventive problem solving, or "TRIZ", is a system for thinking outside the box that can be used to solve problems in any field.