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Critical Thinking and Computer Logic
August 14, 2006
The purpose of this paper is to discuss a decision-making tool or technique as discussed in week three. The paper will contain a discussion of the tool or technique and an application example. It will also include an example of when and when not to use the tool or technique. The paper will conclude with a brief summation.
Tools and Techniques Paper
Individuals, organizations, and social groups are often faced with the challenge of solving difficult problems and making important, strategic decisions. For a group to be successful, it must find methods to creatively resolve problems and focus on reaching goals and achieving results. There are many individual and group techniques that can be used to identify and solve problems. These techniques are thinking strategies intended to bring out the creative vigor of individuals and generate ideas and approaches to resolving problems and making effective decisions. (Hughes, 2003)
An effective procedure known as the Charette Procedure is a group idea producing and prioritizing tool. Its strength is its capacity to address several issues at the same time in a highly interactive group environment. The Charette Procedure entails several small groups discussing parts of the issue(s) at the same time generating as many ideas as possible. Then their ideas are passed on to the next group for further development, enlargement, and in the long run prioritization. The Charette Procedure is especially useful when a group has decided on what they want to do, but is unsure of all the details involved in the process to accomplish the goal(s).
This tool is very effective in several ways. It can address several issues at the same time and encourages active participation on the part of the group members. It can share the management duty of the group(s) among a variety of members. This allows... [continues]
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