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Most problem-solving processes start with identifying the problem, compiling data, identifying possible solutions, evaluating the choices, and choosing the best one. This process can be inefficient, especially for complex problems and may not lead to an appropriate solution. The authors of this book propose a backward approach starting with the objectives and working backward by first testing possible solutions. With the standard process of problem solving, it is easy to get stuck in an analysis phase. By first building an analytical framework, you can link your analyses to the objective immediately and thus use the analysis phase as a means of evaluating solutions.