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An invaluable resource for any manager or professional, this book offers a collection of proven, practical methods for simplifying any problem and making faster, better decisions every time.

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An invaluable resource for any manager or professional, this book offers a collection of proven, practical methods for simplifying any problem and making faster, better decisions every time.


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An invaluable resource for any manager or professional, this book offers a collection of proven, practical methods for simplifying any problem and making faster, better decisions every time.

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Morgan D. Jones is a US Army and CIA veteran and has served as chief of the agency’s analytic training branch. He has taught analytic methods in Georgetown University’s Master of Science Foreign Service graduate program and is founder of Analytic Prowess, a company that conducts workshops for federal and private organizations. He is the author of The Thinker’s Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving.

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darkguardian2
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Too Bogged Down In Case Studies made for Labored Reading
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2019
I got this on Amazon sale for Kindle. I don''t recommend the Kindle version. The book relies heavily on graphics and the Kindle version makes viewing them very tedious. It seems the book was written for a class setting and not a causal read at home or rapid... See more
I got this on Amazon sale for Kindle.
I don''t recommend the Kindle version.
The book relies heavily on graphics and the Kindle version makes viewing them very tedious.
It seems the book was written for a class setting and not a causal read at home or rapid reading session.
Though I love the subject matter, I found there were way too many case studies examples and STOP signs through out the books. By the end of the chapters, I remember the case studies but little of the concept the case study is supposed to demonstrate. Case studies are fine but should be sectioned off at the end of the book and not in the body of the work I''m trying understand. I plan to re-read the book but skip all the case studies to get the basic concept down. Just didn''t like the way the book was laid out.
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BSXX
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Nuts and Bolts. Not theory and platitudes.
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2010
I have read several problem solving / intelligence analysis books, but this is one of the best, and the most tedious. They all have the same basic message, although they may use very different terminology. The basic message is - break it down, and then break it down some... See more
I have read several problem solving / intelligence analysis books, but this is one of the best, and the most tedious. They all have the same basic message, although they may use very different terminology. The basic message is - break it down, and then break it down some more, and then a little more (in other words "Analyze" it) - until you get it down to bottom line questions or issues that can be answered or decided. Separate the components and subcomponents of a problem and study them closely looking for clues and answers. You may have to do some research to get these answers, but when you get the answers, plug them in to your "model" or "structure" or "equation", then work back up the tree for your answer. This is an over-simplification of course, but this is the basic message.

This book is the best of the bunch when it comes to showing you "How" to break it down, or in other words, how to "analyze" the problem. Most of us think of "analysis" as deep thinking, but by definition it is actually a method of separation and deconstruction. Some books speak very generally about these concepts and the need for them, others may give a vague example or show an illustration or two, but nothing very specific. The strength of this book is that it gets down to specifics, showing how the techniques are structured and implemented; it is so specific that it feels like drudgery at times, yet this is the essential, necessary hard work involved in real problem solving. The more complex the problem, the more necessary these techniques are, and the difficult work associated with them.

This is probably the most practical problem solving book I have read, even if it is tedious at times. I don''t expect any of us will be using these techniques to choose our next car or refrigerator (but you would be better off if you did), but if you work in an environment that deals with complex problems of any sort, this book will show you a better way to approach them.

Well worth the $12 is currently costs, and a lot more.
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Alex
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Good read
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
Some of the stuff in it is pretty basic, but often the basic methods work well. The main take away is put aside your bias and actually put your thoughts on paper (or type them) to stay organized.
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David W
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Game changing for democratic thinking!
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2021
The most fundamental aspect, that of structuring one''s analysis, so central to useful synthesis-- as well as problem solving for any project (my intention being effective negotiation).
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Shahram Khorsand
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Fairly good, easy to read
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2011
This is a good book, not great!! The introduction chapter is great to get an overview over the different resources and regimens. The rest of the book is about the different techniques and many exercises. I found most of the techniques to be a bit too... See more
This is a good book, not great!!
The introduction chapter is great to get an overview over the different resources and regimens.
The rest of the book is about the different techniques and many exercises.
I found most of the techniques to be a bit too theoretical and too simplistic. If you have an engineering background you have heard of most of these in one way or other.
Some of the techniques are powerful, however, the context and the exercises are to simple to teach the applied form of these techniques.

With that said, it is an easy/quick book to read, worth both the money and the invested time.

//Shahram
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Brian Schoenbaechler
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Recommend
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2019
Useful practical tools that can be used in your work to analyze and solve problems. Great exercises to teach the concepts
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zorba
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Good Stuff, If You Want to Plow Through It
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2010
Like a good tool kit, this book has a tool for almost every situation. In a nutshell, the message here is that before you make any decisions -- tough or easy -- you need to give a lot of thought to how you''re going to give it a lot of thought. In other words, you need to... See more
Like a good tool kit, this book has a tool for almost every situation. In a nutshell, the message here is that before you make any decisions -- tough or easy -- you need to give a lot of thought to how you''re going to give it a lot of thought. In other words, you need to "structure" your thinking to get the best result(s), and the author gives you 14 "powerful" techniques for doing so. There''s a lot of good stuff in this book. Unfortunately, some of it''s very simple and readable while the rest is complex and turgid. I can see this book being handed out at a management training seminar. But it''s far too weighty for most of the decisions you''ll make in a day. Glad I read it, but I probably won''t use most of the techniques in my daily life.
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usaswimmer90
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Great read for anyone
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2015
Read this for a university intelligence analysis class but this book has at a minimum 3 important lessons for anyone (and likely more). Definitely worth the read - I have used the thinking techniques many times in my daily life and I can honestly say the lessons taught in... See more
Read this for a university intelligence analysis class but this book has at a minimum 3 important lessons for anyone (and likely more). Definitely worth the read - I have used the thinking techniques many times in my daily life and I can honestly say the lessons taught in this book have positively impacted my life
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Seabird
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent book for making sensible decisions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2014
This is an excellent book. I bought it for someone else as a present, but I''ve had a read of it myself. What it does is give you methods for structuring thinking properly, sometimes in written form, in order to ensure that you do not make errors of thinking and judgment,...See more
This is an excellent book. I bought it for someone else as a present, but I''ve had a read of it myself. What it does is give you methods for structuring thinking properly, sometimes in written form, in order to ensure that you do not make errors of thinking and judgment, which it is easy to do if you have everything going round and round and round in your head. The single most important thing that this book teaches people is to write stuff down, because then you can see it clearly. Don''t go thinking you can do it all in your head, because you won''t be able to! In order to reason things through properly and be sure of making the right decision, you need to write stuff down. Only then can you see the facts, the factors involved and how powerful and pervasive they are, which will make things a lot clearer
This is an excellent book. I bought it for someone else as a present, but I''ve had a read of it myself. What it does is give you methods for structuring thinking properly, sometimes in written form, in order to ensure that you do not make errors of thinking and judgment, which it is easy to do if you have everything going round and round and round in your head. The single most important thing that this book teaches people is to write stuff down, because then you can see it clearly. Don''t go thinking you can do it all in your head, because you won''t be able to! In order to reason things through properly and be sure of making the right decision, you need to write stuff down. Only then can you see the facts, the factors involved and how powerful and pervasive they are, which will make things a lot clearer
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Tony Jones
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Good for analytic tools and many exercises
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2007
I marked this down as it breezes over creative tools, which to be fair isn''t the main thrust of the book. It takes its time covering various forms of tree and matrix, and builds a whole set of these to get to the 14 tools mentioned on the cover. Devil''s advocacy is skimmed...See more
I marked this down as it breezes over creative tools, which to be fair isn''t the main thrust of the book. It takes its time covering various forms of tree and matrix, and builds a whole set of these to get to the 14 tools mentioned on the cover. Devil''s advocacy is skimmed but the coverage of Hypothesis Testing is excellent. I also like the focus on definition. The book was clearly put together for a US market and I found that many examples didn''t work at all (political or US history not widely known outside of the US). I suspect the author didn''t consider international publication. Overall a good addition to the library and I will be re-visiting
I marked this down as it breezes over creative tools, which to be fair isn''t the main thrust of the book. It takes its time covering various forms of tree and matrix, and builds a whole set of these to get to the 14 tools mentioned on the cover.

Devil''s advocacy is skimmed but the coverage of Hypothesis Testing is excellent. I also like the focus on definition.

The book was clearly put together for a US market and I found that many examples didn''t work at all (political or US history not widely known outside of the US). I suspect the author didn''t consider international publication.

Overall a good addition to the library and I will be re-visiting
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Paul Sloane
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Practical Tools for Tough Decisions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2008
Morgan Jones has written a very useful guide to analytical problem solving for business. He explains in detail 14 different techniques that can be used when ''seat of the pants'' decisions just won''t do. He shows how and why we go astray when we rely on conventional thinking...See more
Morgan Jones has written a very useful guide to analytical problem solving for business. He explains in detail 14 different techniques that can be used when ''seat of the pants'' decisions just won''t do. He shows how and why we go astray when we rely on conventional thinking approaches and he recommends that we use more rigorous and analytical systems. A great book for anyone interested in improving management decision making.
Morgan Jones has written a very useful guide to analytical problem solving for business. He explains in detail 14 different techniques that can be used when ''seat of the pants'' decisions just won''t do. He shows how and why we go astray when we rely on conventional thinking approaches and he recommends that we use more rigorous and analytical systems. A great book for anyone interested in improving management decision making.
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O. Luke
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A definitive collection of analytical techniques
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2007
Whilst the title of this book is `Techniques for Problem Solving'' it is more a mixture of problem solving and analytical techniques. These techniques will help you clearly define your problem and then assess the impact of any potential solution. The book is full of examples...See more
Whilst the title of this book is `Techniques for Problem Solving'' it is more a mixture of problem solving and analytical techniques. These techniques will help you clearly define your problem and then assess the impact of any potential solution. The book is full of examples and worked exercises which allow the reader learn and apply the techniques first hand. The writing is very accessible and easy to follow allowing the book to be used as either a text or reference book. Whilst the book helps you define the problem you still need to come up with potential solutions. A number of times in the text the read is asked to `think of as many solution to...''; little reference is made to techniques which could develop these potential solutions and so to help this creative process you make want to consider brainstorming, mind mapping or Lateral Thinking books in addition this one.
Whilst the title of this book is `Techniques for Problem Solving'' it is more a mixture of problem solving and analytical techniques. These techniques will help you clearly define your problem and then assess the impact of any potential solution. The book is full of examples and worked exercises which allow the reader learn and apply the techniques first hand. The writing is very accessible and easy to follow allowing the book to be used as either a text or reference book.

Whilst the book helps you define the problem you still need to come up with potential solutions. A number of times in the text the read is asked to `think of as many solution to...''; little reference is made to techniques which could develop these potential solutions and so to help this creative process you make want to consider brainstorming, mind mapping or Lateral Thinking books in addition this one.
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Vorab: Das Buch beschreibt die Problemlösungstechniken (s. Inhaltsverzeichnis) Problem Re-Statement Pros-Cons-and-Fixes Divergent/Convergent Thinking Sorting, Chronologies, and Time Lines Causal Flow Diagramming The Matrix The Decision Tree Weigthed Ranking Hypothesis...See more
Vorab: Das Buch beschreibt die Problemlösungstechniken (s. Inhaltsverzeichnis) Problem Re-Statement Pros-Cons-and-Fixes Divergent/Convergent Thinking Sorting, Chronologies, and Time Lines Causal Flow Diagramming The Matrix The Decision Tree Weigthed Ranking Hypothesis Testing Devil''s Advocacy The Probability Tree The Utlitity Tree The Utility Matrix Advanced Utility Analysis Gerade für Wiwi-Studenten werden diese Dinge nichts Neues sein. Für alle anderen gibt es auch pragmatischere i.S.v. "anwendbarere" Bücher (wer macht schon eine Utility Matrix bei der Wohnungssuche?). Diesen empfehle ich "Decisive" von Chip und Dan Heath. Wer sein Wissen um die genannten Modelle auffrischen möchte, kann aber ruhig zu dem Buch greifen. 2 von 5 Sternen
Vorab: Das Buch beschreibt die Problemlösungstechniken (s. Inhaltsverzeichnis)

Problem Re-Statement
Pros-Cons-and-Fixes
Divergent/Convergent Thinking
Sorting, Chronologies, and Time Lines
Causal Flow Diagramming
The Matrix
The Decision Tree
Weigthed Ranking
Hypothesis Testing
Devil''s Advocacy
The Probability Tree
The Utlitity Tree
The Utility Matrix
Advanced Utility Analysis

Gerade für Wiwi-Studenten werden diese Dinge nichts Neues sein. Für alle anderen gibt es auch pragmatischere i.S.v. "anwendbarere" Bücher (wer macht schon eine Utility Matrix bei der Wohnungssuche?). Diesen empfehle ich "Decisive" von Chip und Dan Heath.
Wer sein Wissen um die genannten Modelle auffrischen möchte, kann aber ruhig zu dem Buch greifen. 2 von 5 Sternen
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