The Force Field Analysis Essay

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The Force Field Analysis

Problem solving can be a tricky and complicated process. Often times the initial step of identifying the problem and coming up with possible solutions is the hardest part. Businesses, schools, and any team settings around the world use many established problem solving tools and techniques. These range from brainstorming, mind mapping, imagining, and many others. Groups use these techniques to add some order to a potential chaotic experience. One popular tool is known as Force Field Analysis.
Force Field Analysis is a technique developed my Kurt Lewin (Team Building, 2005). Force Field Analysis is the act of taking a proposed plan or solution and weighing the pros and cons (Force Field, 2005). The two forces in
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The greater the force, the higher the score. After all the forces are scored the scores from each column are totaled. If the restraining forces far outscore the driving forces, the project may be better left undone. After the tallying of scores is done, and a decision is made to go forward with the project, the Force Field Analysis can help increase the likelihood of success. Steps may be taken to reduce the strength of the restraining forces or to increase the strength of the driving forces or a combination of both (Force Field, 2005). For example, if one of the restraining forces was fear of technology then a training program could be implemented to reduce or completely eliminate that force.
Force Field Analysis has been used in my career in the past on potential projects. While working for a small business we were contemplating upgrading all our computer systems. There were a total of four workstations and all were outdated, running outdated operating systems and software. The owner and I sat down and came up with a list of pros and cons to completing the project. Some of the cons were the cost of upgrading, software compatibility with our current programs, and the down time while upgrading. Some of the pros were faster, more workstations, the ability to use current software that was not compatible with our operating system, and more stable workstations. The

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