Joseph Jude

SODAS - A Simple Problem Solving Methodology

2011.02.07 / problem-solving /

Introducing a simple problem solving methodology.

Fundamental requirement for solving business problems is structured thinking. SODAS - which stands for Situation, Options, Disadvantages, Advantages and Solution, is a simple methodology facilitating such structured thinking for problem solving.

SODAS problem solving

Different components in the methodology are:

Keep in mind that SODAS does not arm you with techniques to generate options or methodology for implementation. It simply provides a structure to go from a situation to a solution.

Another factor to keep in mind is that it is not a single left-to-right journey. As you generate the disadvantages and advantages you might get creative and think of more options. So it is an iterative process.

Go forth and start applying SODAS.

This post is part of ‘Be a Problem Solver‘ series.


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