The following quote sums up my philosophy for problem solving. “"Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds!" as in a haphazard approach to solving problems.Thirty years of having a hand in all aspects of the manufacturing process has given me the skills to analyze and break down into steps most problems. I prefer to use the keep it simple method when finding solutions to problems.
When you are first learning any new activity, it is imperative to be consistent. If you change to many things at once, you don't know what brought about a good or bad result. If you can designate and change just one thing, you will have a much better chance of being successful and understanding the solution. If after a run of successful production you run into a problem, go back to a known good state and start there. Many times out of frustration we try to change too many variables and that almost always leads to a worsening of the problem. The keep it simple approach has served me well in developing new skill sets.