Tools for Problem Solving

Location: Distance Learning Course

2022 - 2023 On-line Individual$ 160.00
2022 - 2023 DVD Individual$ 180.00

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The usual responsibilities of an engineer or manager include problem solving and/or process troubleshooting. Using established and logical techniques can improve problem-solving skills. Becoming better problem solvers allows us to become more effective engineers or managers and increases our value to an organization.

Effective problem solving requires an organized approach, knowledgeable problem solvers, teamwork and the appropriate tools. There are a number of recognized approaches in use today. Tools for Problem Solving—Getting to the Root Cause(s) focuses on the simple tools of problem solving. Getting to the root cause instead of just treating symptoms is the goal of effective problem solving. The eight simple tools presented in this course are often overlooked or not used as we ‘jump’ to conclusions about a problem solution, or reach for more ‘exotic’ tools!

Tools for Problem Solving—Getting to the Root Cause(s) is intended to provide practical information that will enable you and your organization develop and implement an effective approach to problem solving that helps you:
     1. Know how to solve problems using an organized approach.
     2. Know and use the simple tools for problem solving.
     3. Know tips for troubleshooting a problem.
     4. Become a more effective problem solver.

Tools for Problem Solving—Getting to the Root Cause(s) is a practical course that uses real world examples. It is intended to provide an understanding of using the tools of problem solving by looking into several scenarios and using the methodology to lead to solutions.

The instructor for Tools for Problem Solving—Getting to the Root Cause(s), Davis M. Woodruff, PE, CMC, has over three decades of real world experience with clients on 3 continents and in 35 states. He uses a practical approach based on ‘real world’ experiences.

The learning objectives are for participants to:
     1. Be able to more clearly define problems
     2. Learn to avoid treating symptoms of problems
     3. Know and use Eight Simple Tools of Problem Solving
     4. Be able to get to the Root Cause to implement real problem solutions

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Fee: $160.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)2022 - 2023 On-line Individual$ 160.00
Course Fee (Alternate)2022 - 2023 DVD Individual$ 180.00

Distance Learning Course

Distance Learning Course

Davis Woodruff

Davis M. Woodruff, PE, CMC is an internationally recognized consultant, professional speaker and author. He grew up on a family farm in rural southern Alabama where his family also owned and operated a “country store.” From this background he earned a Chemical Engineering degree from Auburn University, became a Professional Engineer and Certified Management Consultant. He was a manufacturing executive with 3M for ten years and became the youngest manufacturing superintendent in the company prior to forming a management consulting company, Management Methods. Since 1984 he has served clients in 35 states and on 3 continents. From Vermont to Malaysia Davis’ clients include scores of large and small organizations. As a professional speaker, certified management consultant, published author, and professional engineer Davis Woodruff brings immediate benefits to businesses. These benefits include developing leaders; optimizing resource utilization; improving processes, quality and customer satisfaction; and saving time and $$$. Having authored three full-length books, over five dozen articles and multiple online professional development courses, Davis is on the cutting edge of today’s business world. Davis and Lynn have been married since 1970 and they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, three grandchildren and one dog. He is actively involved with his family, in his community and in his church where he leads an adult Bible Study class each week.


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