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From Where

Preliminary list of standard 'From Where' questions.

  • Where did the problem come from?
  • What prompted your need to solve this problem now?
  • When did you become aware of the problem?
  • What are the origins of the problem?
  • What is the source of the problem?
  • What is the place where the problem came from?
  • What is the root cause of the problem?
  • Is there a single cause or are there many?
  • What caused the problem? Doing something wrong or failing to do something?
  • What are the reasons for the problem?
  • What created the problem?
  • Who created the problem?
  • What added to the problem?
  • Who added to the problem?
  • How did you get to this place?
  • How did the problem originate?
  • How did the problem get to its current state?
  • How did it develop?
  • Did the problem originate through the normal course of events or was there some kind of trigger event?
  • What path or trajectory has the problem been on?
  • How did the problem get from the place where it originated to here?
  • Why hasn’t it been dealt with?
  • What have you done before?
  • What actions have you already taken that failed to solve the problem?
  • How many different ways have you tried to solve the problem?
  • How have previous attempts to solve this problem failed?
  • What’s holding you back?
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