What are ‘wicked’ problems?
The term “wicked problems” was introduced in 1973, by design theorists Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber to draw attention to complexities and challenges which are not straightforward like mathematics or chess. Instead, these problems lack clarity in both their aims and solutions.
Organizations are increasingly faced with wicked problems, problems that are characterized by uniqueness, complexity, uncertainty, and problems that have many interdependent factors, which makes them seemly impossible to understand and solve. Additionally, they are often subject to constraints that make more obvious solutions unacceptable. They may have never been seen before and may never be seen again. How to define the problem, therefore, becomes even more important than solving the problem, especially with consensus.
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