Ever wonder whether your problem solving approach really matters? Here's why it does:
What is Hypothesis-based problem solving?
Hypothesis-based problem solving is, simply, a particularly effective strategy for identifying solutions to any problem.
Whether you realize it or not: we are always responding to hypotheses! Except sometimes we believe they are true. Then we dwell on them, analyze them, rely on them.
That's OK if it's the hypothesis has been deeply investigated, and you come to rely on it as truth.
That's not OK if it was simply the first thing that occurred to you. The first thing that occurred may or may not be true. If you are well-adjusted and knowledgeable about your situation, it may even be likely your first response will be correct. But you can only be sure if you compare it to other possible responses. This is why a hypothesis-driven approach is so necessary—it recognizes that there are multiple possible explanations for any given problem or process flaw, and it examines each one in turn until the problem is isolated and a solution can be identified.