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Are you sure you are solving the right problem?!

Most people who work in an organization have experienced the following scenario at some point: a team is given a goal, and they speed toward it, fearing that if they spend too much time defining the problem, their superiors will punish them for taking so long to get to the starting line. This is ironically a wrong approach.

The problem with this approach is that you can't solve the right problem if you don't understand what it is. And sometimes the problem is not even something you can solve! To find out what it is, you need to take your time to explore, ask questions, and listen to your colleagues' concerns.

Defining the problem correctly is not about finding an answer; it's about ensuring that you're working on the right question in the first place. The amount of time spent exploring and defining problems will be repaid with greater efficiency later on in your project because it will save time and money by avoiding mistakes later on!

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