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Defining the Problem

1. Research and Define the Problem

“If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it” -Albert Einstein
Defining the problem is arguably the most important step in product development that sets the stage for creating a valuable and impactful solution. By thoroughly researching the problem you aim to solve, you can uncover opportunities and ensure your product meets real user need. Now, we can explore the process one step at a time.
Use the table below to explore the problem of interest by typing it in the first column.
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2. Establish the Need for a Solution

Identify and articulate the fundamental need that your product aims to fulfill. Understand the core problem that users face and how your solution can address it. Clearly define who will benefit from your product and how it will make a positive impact in their lives.
To do this, we can conduct user interviews or surveys to gather insights on user pain points, and use a Value Proposition Canvas. Alternatively, collective brainstorming as a team grants us a deeper understanding of user pain points.
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Gain insights into people's perceptions of the problem and determine their desire for a solution to be implemented, start with your team.

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Polly Rose
This problem is a real pain point for many of us. I've had discussions with friends, colleagues, and even seen online communities discussing the need for a solution. We all feel frustrated and would greatly appreciate it if someone could come up with a practical and effective way to address this issue.
Buck Dubois
I think the problem is quite significant, and it's something that has been bothering me for a while. Many people I know share the same frustration and would definitely welcome a solution. We need something to be done to address this issue and make our lives easier.
Felix Marlin
To be honest, I don't see the problem as a major concern. It doesn't affect me personally, and I haven't heard others talking about it much either. While a solution might be helpful for some, I don't think there's a strong desire for it to be implemented
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3. Write the Problem Statement

Formulate a concise and clear problem statement that outlines the key requirements and constraints a solution must address. Use language that accurately describes the problem, taking into account the perspectives and vocabulary of your target users.
Example (AI Generated)
The problem at hand is to find a solution that improves communication efficiency and effectiveness for teams working remotely. The goal is to address the challenges associated with remote collaboration, such as miscommunication, delayed responses, and difficulty in maintaining team cohesion. The solution should enhance real-time communication, foster effective collaboration, and ensure seamless information sharing among team members regardless of their physical locations.
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