Solution Fluency

What gives a problem solver the edge they need? The ability to define the problem and see it clearly? Thinking critically from multiple perspectives and visualizing possibilities? The drive to create and deliver a solution and conquer any challenge? It’s all of the above—that's Solution Fluency.


Solution Fluency is the ability to think creatively to solve problems in real time by clearly defining the problem, designing an appropriate solution, delivering the solution and then evaluating the process and the outcome.

Solution Fluency is defined by the 6Ds.


In order to solve a problem, we have to clearly define what the problem is first. We must decide exactly what needs to be solved, and give proper context to the problem.


This is the stage of researching and gathering, and analyzing clear knowledge about the problem. This helps us to give the problem context so that we can identify with it easier.


Here, we open up the heart and mind to the possibilities and visions of a solution the way we wish to see it. This phase is all about imagination, extrapolation, and visualization.


This is basically the workshopping phase. Here the actual mechanics of your solution begin to take shape. It involves techniques that allow us to get the solution “on paper.”


In this phase, there are two separate stages—Produce and Publish. This involves the action for completing the product (Produce), and presenting the proposed solution (Publish).


The reflection stage where students get to own their learning. They look at the ways they succeeded, and ways they could improve their approach in similar future situations.

Solution Fluency Quickstart Skills Guide

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