Len is going to read his new book, 5/67 Problem Solving, with Craig Humphreys, as podcast episodes - one per week. Or more often if he has time to do so. The book describes the approach that Len and Craig have taken to solve problems that they rationalize into 3 categories: stupid, difficult and Wicked. They proceed to tell you a number of things that you probably knew but what is fun about this book is that they disclose quite a few myths that they debunk and they provide great case studies of what happens when you don't follow their advice. As a book, it is a short read of 70 pages and as an audio podcast, it is easy listening. We trust you will enjoy it as an audio podcast.
This is the Introduction of the book in which the authors explain why they wrote the book and they introduce the three types of problems that they detail in the book: stupid, difficult and Wicked Problems. And more importantly the demand that No Blame is an integral to the success of any problem solving effort. This is key to "Change without Reprisal." And they invoke a mantra that they tout: "It is ok to be wrong." Enjoy.
In the first chapter, Craig and Len explain what they mean by 5/67 and how it serves as a powerful way to focus you problem solving efforts. They explain a few examples of obvious stupid problems and stupid problems that were disguised as difficult problems. And they mention a story of difficult problems posing as a Wicked Problem. Enjoy.