The Engineering Design Method
- Formulate the Problem
Define the real problem to be solved.
- Analyze the Problem
Describe the problem in detail. Examine what is known and what is to be achieved.
Search for Solutions
Develop a list of alternative solutions to the problem.
- Decide on the Appropriate Solution
Evaluate all alternatives for best solution.
- Specify the Solution
Document the solution.
A good reference on the design method and various methods of its implementation is Strategies for Creative Problem Solving by H.S. Fogler and S.E. LeBlanc, Prentice Hall, 1995.