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How to Articulate Multiple Related Problems

Inventing begins with a clear understanding of the problems to be solved. Every invention has at least one associated problem. Find this problem, reduce it to its most common denominator, and begin to solve it. During this problem definition stage, inventors should try to envision any social, technological, and economic positioning of their inventions. Also, inventors should consider the parameters and clear problem boundaries for the invention. Make sure to look at the problems from many different perspectives including that of the end user.

Defining a problem sometimes implies that one is able to determine the limitations and boundaries of reasoning surrounding the problem. For example, the introduction of a new technology. and, let's say you have a financial limit of USD $1,000,000 to introduce the new technology. There may be other limitations such as environmental concerns, cultural issues, government issues, other geographies, or legal issues. So before you begin solving the problem, ensure that all possible factors that could limit your success are well understood.


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