Main idea and its purpose

Phoenix is a checklist of questions developed by the Central Intelligence Agency to encourage agents to look at a challenge from many different angles.

The Phoenix Checklist provides context-free questions that enable you to look at a problem from many different angles. Sometimes, problems aren’t as easy to understand as they may seem at face value—especially problems that are inherently multi-faceted. These questions will help you clear ambiguities and pinpoint the unknown unknowns associated with a problem.

"Phoenix" is like holding a problem in one's hands. You can turn it around, look at it from below, see it from a certain angle, look at it from a different perspective, imagine a solution and actually control it.

Application guidance: scope of application, for example, when working with a group of a certain age and composition; in individual work, etc.

The Phoenix Checklist has two sets of questions.The first one will help you better understand the problem you are struggling with.The second - will facilitate the development of a solution.A ProblemWhy should this issue be resolved?What are the benefits of a solved problem?What is unknown?What else do you not understand?What information do you have?What is not a problem?Is your information sufficient / insufficient, contradictory?Should I develop a diagram or other representation of this problem?What are the limitations of solving this problem?Can there be different aspects of it? What is the relationship between them? Are there any constants?Have you dealt with this problem before?Think of a similar problem with the same or a similar unknown that has already been solved. Can you use that solution now? Can the same method be used?Can you describe your problem in a different way? How many different ways can you do this? Can the rules be changed?What are the best, worst, and most likely scenarios you can imagine?A PlanCan you solve all or part of the problem?What solution do you want to achieve?How many unknowns can be determined?Can you extract anything from the information you have that will help you?Have you used all the information you have?Have you considered all the main issues related to the problem?Can you highlight any steps you are going to take to resolve the issue? Justify each of them.What types of creative thinking methods will help you come up with new ideas? How many different methods are there?Will these methods produce any results? How many different outcomes do you predict?How many solutions have you considered?What did the others do?Do you have a solution?Can you check what the result will be? What should be done? How to do it?Where and when should it be done?Who should do it?What should you do at this point?Who will be responsible for what?Can you use this problem to solve others?What are the unique properties of this problem that make it what it is and not something else?By what indicator can you most accurately assess your result?How will you know if you've succeeded?At first glance, it seems that there are many similar questions. Perhaps the role of the Phoenix Checklist is merely to state the obvious? In part, it is, but this is exactly what helps to take matters into one's own hands and still find a solution. Because when you are driven by strong emotions, nothing seems so "obvious".To start using the method, you can allocate several hours. Then, when you master the algorithm, the time for work can be reduced. Byexperimenting with time, you have the opportunity to train the speed of reaction to unexpected events and the speed of decision-making in difficult situations.

The results of applying the method, for example, increasing the ability to go beyond standard solutions, etc.

The result of using the method will be creating the skill of quick analysis of a situation, problem, information, or idea that was unexpected

- distribution of responsibility

- construction of effective action in the existing conditions

When applying the method in a team, you can expect an increase in team spirit, cohesion, and the effectiveness of everyone's actions in the event of an emergency.

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