Basic Diagnostic Framework
To start us off let me reiterate that Adaptive challenges are harder to solve. They require change in the way we handle things, change in our behavior, learn new ways, discard what we had believed and held dearly, unlearn and relearn some practices. Adaptive challenges take longer to solve.
We encounter adaptive challenges everyday in life. Most people jump into solving the challenge without having a clear understanding of the problem. Getting back to the balcony helps you look at a problem from a different perspective and understand it. This process is called diagnosing a problem.
Why is it important to diagnose a problem before trying to solve it? One area where the diagnosis process has been used effectively is the medical field. Doctors, before treating a patient, they first have to find out what the patient is suffering from. They do this through asking the patient different questions and carrying out different tests that will enable them to establish the disease. There are no maximum number of tests that are conducted during this process. In some aspects, when two different doctors end up with different opinions about the patient's diagnosis, they exchange their reasons; more and more finer stepwise tests may follow to collect more data that will enable the two reach into agreement of what disease the patient will be suffering from. Medication will then be prescribed; and the patient gets better. Without the diagnosis, the patient is likely to be prescribed medication that will make their health deteriorate or at times lead to misdiagnosis that could be fatal. Diagnosing an adaptive challenge is a key step in solving it and much investment therefore needs to be placed in this step. Getting this wrong may lead to failure.
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