1. Define the problem
The key to a problem definition is ensuring that you deal with the real problem. XMind offers the Fishbone diagram, also called Cause-and-Effect diagram to help you identify possible causes for a problem.
To do an in-depth analysis of the problem, just open a blank mind map with the fishbone structure and write the effect in the central topic. Here “Missed Deadline” as an example.
2. Analyze the problem
Analysis is a process of discovery of the facts, finding out what you know about the situation. With XMind, you can quickly write down the major categories of causes of the problems and write sub–causes branching off the causes.
3. List the possible options
XMind supports inserting multiple sheets to one workbook. Brainstorming is a great way to collect as many ideas as possible, then screen them to find the best idea. XMind’s new brainstorming mode allows you to classify inspirations in Idea Factory by groups.
4. Select the best solution
In XMind, you can look at each potential solution and carefully analyse it. By using the Matrix diagram you will have a clear overview of the pros and cons of each solution. Selecting the best solution becomes easier than ever.
5. Implement solution
Now, you’ve found the best solution. It’s time to assign responsibility. Problem-solving will be meaningless when it ends without any action steps. Who exactly is going to carry out the solution or the different elements of the solution? With XMind, you can assign tasks simply in the task info view.