David Parsons has distilled eight principles of effective problem solving from a lifetime of successes and failures in a wide range of endeavors including computer simulation, project management, manufacturing, architecture, student pranks, and soccer coaching. His eight principles advance how we think about and control our problem solving efforts. Mr. Parsons examines the barriers to effective problem solving and presents over forty strategies for overcoming these barriers. He decries the failure of traditional education to foster effective problem solving in our students, challenging educators at all levels to embrace problem-based learning.

The principles and strategies of this book explored in detail in a companion volume: Eight Principles of Effective Problem Solving.