Wicked Problem: Definition & Examples

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Which of these could be considered a wicked problem?

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1. Wicked problems can be defined as problems that are:

2. Horst Rittel, who coined the term ''wicked problem,'' believed that wicked problems share all of these characteristics EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking this quiz is a fast way to assess your knowledge of wicked problems. You should know what Horst Rittel considered to be characteristics of this kind of problem and how wicked problems relate to design thinking.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz tests you on the following:

  • An example of a wicked problem
  • The definition and characteristics of a 'wicked problem'
  • Design thinking as a viable option for solving these kinds of problems
  • The first stage of design thinking

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define a main phrase, such as wicked problem
  • Making connections - use what you've learned to make connections between design thinking and solving wicked problems
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what's required in the first stage of design thinking and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, check out the lesson titled Wicked Problem: Definition & Examples. Here's the type of information you'll find in this lesson:

  • An overview of the design thinking process
  • Why Rittel addressed the issue of wicked problems
  • Examples of wicked problems
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