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Rapid Problem Solving With Post-it Notes [Paperback]

David Straker
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Book Description

July 22 1997
Problem Solved!

Uses your favorite top-drawer tool-the Post-it® Note. Great for individuals, great for groups-large or small.   Problems come in all shapes and sizes, yet most have common characteristics that can be addressed with the techniques found in this book. Rapid Problem-Solving with Post-it® Notes shows you how to use six types of techniques:
- The Post-up-Provides methods for getting information into chunks 
- The Swap Sort-Shows listing and organization methods 
- The Top-down Tree-Works when the nature of the problem is unknown
- The Information Map-Maps messy problems and complex relationships 
- The Action Map-Plans actions or maps an existing process
- More than 70 diagrams and examples for solving everyday problems
This refreshing book reminds us the simplest ideas are often the most effective.   Solve problems, create solutions and find answers fast-all with the help of Post-it® Notes. Tens of millions of Post-it® Notes users can now learn how to do far more with these great little tools. Post-it® Notes can be used to help solve difficult problems because they:
- Are the right size to hold one piece of information from a problem
- Are easily to attached to flat surfaces and stay put
- Can be moved and reattached many times

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David Straker, MS , is a quality consultant with Hewlett packard, UK, where he researches, writes, teaches and consults on business methods. His previous experience includes teaching, managing, engineering and marketing. This is his third book.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bon livre Dec 13 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
L'usage des post-il est devenu presqu'un incontournable lorsqu'on anime des travaux d'équipe. Je m'en sers beaucoup. Il donne de très bonnes idées
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5.0 out of 5 stars Common tools used in uncommon ways Sept. 14 2001
By Linda Zarate - Published on Amazon.com
As an IT Consultant I am always looking for different methods to solve problems. I found this book to be simple but yet valuable.
When I first started reading this book it took me back to a book called "Visualizing Project Management" where the authors Forsberg, Mooz and Cotterman use the process of "Cards on the Wall" technique to encourage group thinking and visually determine dependencies.
This book introduces an effective way to solve problems with Post-it® Note. It starts off by showing simple key principles: (1) Chunking; capturing small information of data, (2) Problem Patterns, arranging and determining relationships, (3) Guiding decisions and keeping clear objectives, and (4) the *FOG* factor (Facts, Opinions, Guesses).
The core of the book provides 6 easy to use methods: (1) Post up, (2) Swap sort, (3) Top-down Tree, (4) Bottom-up Tree, (5) Information map and (6) Action Map. Note that "Information map" has nothing to do with Information Mapping®, which is both a registered trademark and different method owned by Information Mapping, Inc.
These methods are represented graphically with many examples to help you determine which method is best suited to find the solution for complex problems.
What I found most helpful in this book was the step-by-step procedures in every chapter. Every method has a clear definition of what it is and how and when it should be used. Grasping these methods will paint a clear picture towards the direction of a solution. I recommend this book to those that are looking for an effective, yet simple, way of solving problems.
84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to systems thinking Dec 11 2001
By Michael Tobis - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a real wonder.
In a very friendly way, and without resorting to any technology beyond sticky notes, it introduces several concepts of computer science and systems engineering.
It can be used as a brainstorming tool, but it can also be used by us programmers as a gift to the non-programmers in our lives. It can serve as an exposition of what it is we do all day when we aren't cursing irritating APIs and OS misfeatures. This is about the part of our jobs that we love and that we have so much trouble explaining.
I'm delighted it's still in print. I love oddball books in general, and this is a great example. It really delivers much more than it claims to.
Don't hesitate for a minute to buy this one.
64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Constantly recommending this book to others Nov. 2 2006
By Michael Michalko - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm the author of "Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques," and other books on creative thinking. As such, I read pretty much everything that's published that can be useful in facilitating creative thinking workshops and seminars. I find the ideas in this book fun,useful and extremely effective. I'm constantly recomending it to people looking for ways to become more creative in their personal and business lives.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Light Reading Feb. 7 2008
By Stephen J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a big fan of using rapid prototyping in a variety of ways - from everything from designing software products to building consensus in meetings and setting priorities. There was nothing new in this book that a smart person with the general idea wouldn't be able to come up with on their own. There is a lot of white space in the book and many rudimentary ideas are explained in painful detail. No case studies and really only one application (building consensus and prioritization in meetings). The contents of the book might be better contained in a five page pamphlet.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, common powerful techniques... organized. July 19 2006
By Mario Valdez - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't get fooled by the title, this is about using Post-It notes but the core of the book can be used easily without them. This book is about simple problem-solving tools that most people have already used, but presented in an organized way. These tools are not only for analysts or managers or X; they are for everyone who needs to solve problems like "what gift will I give to my friend?", "What are the core priorities of this project?", "How should I classify our product categories?", "what are the relationships among out departments?", etc. Please note that Post-It notes are used as enhancers of those simple problem-solving techniques, and they are used in very powerful ways. I didn't have ever considered the Post-It notes as serious material for my job; I thought they were only good for to-do listings.

The book is very easy to read; also, it can be read as a reference book (to remind you how or when to use any of the techniques) or as a step-by-step tutorial.

This is not a book with obscure quasi-magical problem-solving techniques only known by rocket science consultants... this is a book about very basic tools that will help you to solve most problems you will find everyday at work, at home, at wherever.

Highly recommended for young people too.
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