Applying the Socratic Method to “Problem Solving” in Project Management

Applying the Socratic Method to “Problem Solving” in Project Management

When utilizing the Socratic method, an instructor asks her pupils a series of questions designed to stimulate more complete thinking and insight. Applying the Socratic method forces you to look more closely at your ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Did you know, more data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race?  While the ramifications of having access to this much knowledge are still to be determined, one thing is clear: we have (at our fingertips) access to an unprecedented amount of data. The key point of the Socratic method (that we apply to our project management systems) is using cooperative argumentative dialogue to stimulate true critical thinking. Put another way, we don't let opinions and non-facts stand in the way of making the best decision. In web and software development, a lot of tasks that seem like much simpler tasks are often found out to be more difficult. Take this example of updating the...
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