Problem Space, Solution Space

Problem Space
The Problem Space is the problem and everything associated with the problem, including such things as the history of the problem; the stakeholders (those who benefit from the problem, those who contribute to the problem, and those who feel the problem most deeply, as pain).

Solution Space
The Solution Space, in contrast, constitutes the world of products, services, and policies that have been produced to address a particular problem.

Related Concepts: Invention; Growth Mindset; Venture Design; Design Thinking; Believing; Customer Discovery; Problem Definition


Defining the problem space and writing a problem definition is the first step taken to solve a problem.

Venture Design, Design Thinking, Customer Discovery–these are different ways of talking about Customer Discovery and methods for navigating the problem space in order to develop solutions. In general, these approaches to entrepreneurship and lean development assume creators should set aside their own presumptions about best solutions and endeavor to listen to customers

Recommended Resources

Source: Product Management for Startups by Dan Olsen, https://www.slideshare.net/dan_o/product-management-for-startups-by-dan-olsen