Variable Analysis can be used to solve any problem in which a system or process is not operating as intended or designed. 

These systems and processes can be physical, chemical, biological, electrical, digital, psychological, and organizational. It was created specifically for the most difficult and complex technical problems in industry, so the language and examples will naturally lend themselves to problems of that nature.

Variable Analysis contains the following five steps:

  1. Define the Problem
  2. Describe the Problem in Detail
  3. Create the Variable Tree
  4. Eliminate Sub-Variables from the Tree
  5. Implement the Solution

You may be familiar with some of these elements if you have used other problem-solving methods in the past. You may have also developed your own, informal method that contains similar elements. Whether or not any of these elements seem familiar, practicing Variable Analysis as written will help you progress as quickly as possible.

No problem-solving method will make you a great problem-solver, and no method will solve a problem for you. Successfully solving hard problems requires smarts, rigor, effort, and employing the right behaviors. Becoming a great problem-solver takes hard work, practice, consistency, tenacity, learning, and exploration: Variable Analysis provides a structure to do all of these.

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