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To Solve a Problem, First Define It

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Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor of www.BusinessThinker.com, and Founder and former CEO, JP Industries, Inc., a Fortune 500 industrial corporation

 

       This simple concept might be the most important thing I learned while earning an MIT engineering degree. Engineers understand this concept in depth, but policymakers and politicians have a lot of trouble comprehending it. In my lifetime America has burned billions—trillions—of dollars in treasure by leaping to solve problems without first doing a proper job of nailing down exactly what the problem is and then doing a proper job of constructing a solution. The “then” part of the equation is important, too. Government has a decent history with engineering projects. It has a dismal history with social engineering projects. Not paying attention to that history portends, of course, constructing still more dismal history.

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