Analytical Skills and Problem Solving

Posted: May 31, 2008 in Thoughts

Analytical and logical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to apply analytical and logical thinking to gathering and analyzing information, designing and testing solution to problems, and formulating plans.

  • Separate the whole into logical parts.
  • Examine a complex problem, its elements and their relationships.
  • Formulate a logical plan based on proposed solutions.
  • Probe ambiguous statements.
  • Approach problems in a systematic and rigorous manner.
  • Diagram a problem and develop associated solutions.

Conceptualization: Demonstrate the ability to visualize and articulate complex problems and concepts.

  • Reduce complex relationships and problems into simpler parts with fewer variables.
  • Visualize new and existing concepts and designs.
  • Link ideas and concepts to analyze current situation.
  • Use past experience and knowledge to predict future outcomes.
  • Documents and communicate problems components and concepts.

Data Gathering, Analysis and Organization: Demonstrate the ability to gather, analyze and organize data using a logical and systematic process.

  • Identify relevant sources for data.
  • Observe, record and organize data.
  • Judge when there is sufficient or insufficient data.
  • Judge validity, relevance and completeness of data.
  • Eliminate extraneous data.

Estimation and Cost/Benefit Analysis: Demonstrate the ability to develop estimate and projections, and to conduct cost/benefit analysis on specific alternatives.

  • Develop reasonable estimates.
  • Select appropriate and relevant data to support estimations.
  • Identify project costs and benefits including intangibles.
  • Recognize when an estimates need to be revised.
  • Identify critical factors and associated cost to possible problems.

Hypothesis Development and Design of Experimentation: Demonstrate the ability to develop hypotheses and design test experiments.

  • Differentiate between facts and assumptions.
  • Develop appropriate experiments based on hypothesis.

Pattern Recognition and Modeling: Demonstrate the ability to recognize patterns in complex set of data and develop practical models.

  • Look for and recognize patterns within data.
  • Represent relationship and data using model techniques.
  • Apply general models to specific instance.

Problem Solving: Demonstrate the ability to select, implements and evaluate appropriate problem solving.

  • Recognize a wide range of problems and assess their impact on the system.
  • Use a wide range of troubleshooting methods and tools to isolate problems.
  • Select the appropriate approach to identify causes of the problems based on the given situation.
  • Perform systematic analysis and a logical process to identify problem causes using the best available tools and resources.
  • Listen for input and ask critical question to identify the problem and its possible causes.
  • Select the tools and methods most appropriate to resolve the problem.
  • Assess the risks and benefits of parallel solutions.
  • Document and communicate problem, analysis and resolution process, solution and outcome.
  • Follow-up after resolution to ensure system performance and user satisfaction.
  • Asses the team process in problem solving and make recommendations for improvement.

Professionalism: Demonstrate successful work environment-related attitudes and skills and the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships.

  • Give examples of behaviors that contribute to professionalism.
  • Explain how personal values impact one’s work performance.
  • Explain cultural differences and how they affect an organization.
  • Identify characteristics of effectives leaders.
  • Identify employer expectations regarding job performance and attitudes.
  • Display a positive attitude and a professional image, and foster a productive environment.
  • Develop personal strategies to improve performance.

Task Management: Demonstrate the ability to organize multiple tasks in the most effective way, and allocate time and energy according to task complexity and priority.

  • Break down projects and activities into a series of meaningful tasks.
  • Develop task list that is realistic and in line with expectations.
  • Identify task priorities and interdependencies, and organize in a logical sequence.
  • Explain impact of one’s work on the project and the other project members.
  • Estimate time and resources necessary to complete specific tasks.
  • Conduct effectively and monitor several tasks simultaneously.
  • Document, communicate and report problems in a timely manner.
  • Generate and communicate task status reports to peers and managers.
  • Recognize when a task is completed to expectations.
  • Be flexible in task organization and be responsive to unplanned demands.
  • Delegate responsibilities to others when appropriate.

Planning and Organization: Demonstrate the ability to develop a project plan that is realistic and that effectively serves the project goals.

  • Identify necessary hardware and software, and what is currently available to the project team.
  • Identify current team skills and the need for outside help.
  • Estimate time and resources for each phase of the project.
  • Refine and finalize plan based on available and negotiable resources and time.
  • Use software tools to support the planning phase and represent the overall project plan.
  • Communicate project plan with team and solicit feedback from team members to refine plan.
  • Develop and organize detailed task list and task schedule, and allocate resources according to task schedule and priority.

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