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Rapid Problem Solving with Post-It Notes

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Problem Solved!Uses your favorite top-drawer toolOCothe Post-it- Note. Great for individuals, great for groupsOColarge or small.aProblems 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-upOCoProvid ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Da Capo Press
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Super quick read. Nothing mind blowing, but pretty good techniques for brainstorming using the flexibility of post-its.
Paul Baldowski
I'm torn about how much value I got out of this book. In practice, it does serve up a valuable, if very focussed, guide to use of Post-ItTM Notes in defining, sorting, prioritising and giving structure to knowledge. You have the Post-Up and Swap-Out for general information gathering and sorting, the Top-Down and Bottom-Up for either generating or coalescing data, and you have the Information Map and the Action Map, either for finding commonality between the disparate or creating flow. It all mak ...more
Brilliant short book based on the idea that a post-it note can hold just enough content to capture one detail of a problem, and the book presents several structuring techniques to arrange post-it notes to work out solutions to the problem. Eye-opening on how adding structure to a group discussion can help to quickly arrive at concrete results.
Sandy H
The initial concept was somewhat interesting, if not expensive (you'd go through piles of post-its to use this method, but if it works and you have the budget for it, that would be a valuable expense). However, many of the methods seemed very complicated. However, trying to read them versus practicing them may be the problem--if I were in a position to try out each step I might have been able to more clearly understand the descriptions. I have been looking for alternative methods to the traditio ...more
I'm not sure if I didn't really internalize the tools in this book, or if it just wasn't what I wanted. I was hoping for something that would help me facilitate problem-solving and decision-making sessions with groups, and just didn't find this to be useful for that purpose.
I really liked a lot of the ideas laid out in this book despite their obvious lack of environmental consideration(you'd go through a lot of paper doing this). The book could have been about half the length and still gotten the idea across. I felt a little beaten over the head by the problem solving "tools" by the end of it. That said, these ideas have very interesting collaborative potential that I've already tried out for a few projects with mixed success. Being the geeky hippy that I am I chos ...more
Steve Goodyear
I really enjoyed this book and the ideas it gave me. It really added some nice tools to my toolbox for my creative process. I find it helps me develop focus or find a new way of looking at a problem, and I find the process great for brainstorming ideas as well. He did a great job writing the book so the ideas are easy to digest and begin to practice, as well as use it as a reference to refresh myself on different techniques later.
I use Post-it (R) notes frequently to outline my ebooks, books, and other documentation so I thought this would help me refine the process. I also teach using Post-it (R) notes in my writing seminars. The material has me stumped in many sections.

This is a resource book that you only want to read if you can directly apply it to the process you need it with. Everything else in the book needs to left unread.
Andrea James
This is a very visual book (unsurprising given its main idea is based on visual discussion) and it's really easy to pick up the points and ideas quickly.

A lot of it felt self-explanatory so it could probably have been an even shorter and quicker read. In any case, although hardly groundbreaking, it has some nice prompts to use to get our thoughts organised for decision-making and problem solving.
This has great ideas and ones that can help tackle any problem or find a solution for how to paint the garage.
It is using work-based examples mostly.
Lori Grant
A must-read book on decision making and problem solving, which are two critical competencies in business life.
Fritz Desir
Small but so powerful. Techniques galore. Impress your friends at parties (and meetings).
Bassem Alfiky

One of the best problem solving/decision making books written.
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