Try experiments
Sun Feb 03, 2019 · 123 words

More often than not, the eventual solution to your problem isn’t the first solution you thought of.

Try out experimental solutions to learn more about the problem. Most importantly, keep track of how the problem changes when do your experiments.

You could see what happens when you:

  1. Try a solution to a simpler problem.
  2. Try an incorrect solution.
  3. Try a solution that works for a specific concrete example of the problem.
  4. Try a solution that works for an extreme example of the problem.
  5. Try a solution that only partially solves your problem.

Each experiment helps you to learn more about the original problem and is essentially a variation of breaking down the problem.

See the problem-solving checklist for more ideas about solving problems.

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