The Right Questions, A Universal Troubleshooting Guide

Are you ready to practice what you’ve learned from The Art Of Troubleshooting? Then it’s time to grab The Right Questions, my free printable troubleshooting guide. There are 2 versions: a compact 1-pager and one designed for double-sided printing with larger type. Only the layout is different, both versions contain the same thoughtful questions that will get you going again.

To download either version in PDF format, just click on the links or images below. For more on how to use the guides, see the information at the bottom of this page.

The Right Questions, A Universal Troubleshooting Guide (1-page PDF version)


The Right Questions, A Universal Troubleshooting Guide (double-sided PDF version)


*** Printing Tip: printers vary with respect to how close to the edge of the paper they can print. In your printing options, look for something like “print entire image” or “scale to fit paper” to get the whole page on a single sheet of paper. ***

How To Use The Guides

Answering The Right Questions will eventually bring any troubleshooting problem to its knees. Yep, I said “any!” It was my original thesis and, over the course of writing The Art Of Troubleshooting, I’ve become even more convinced that there is a universal set of strategies that can be applied to any failure that comes your way. This is that list, everything I’ve learned, distilled down to a single sheet of paper. And you can have it for free.

Lucky you.

You may have read “One-size-doesn’t-fit-all,” where I argue that there can’t realistically be a line-by-line troubleshooting recipe for all situations. Therefore, this isn’t a serial checklist type of guide, where you go in order from Step #1 to #2 to #3, etc. Not all of these questions will yield results every time. If a query turns up nothing, simply move on to the next one. However, there’s bound to be at least one question on this list that will set you off in the right direction! I think this “question-based troubleshooting” method is powerful for another reason: as Virginia Satir discovered, there’s nothing like a jarring question to get you out of a rut.

I’ve organized the questions using the same structure as the material on this web site: strategies, virtues, and “cleaning up.” To jumpstart your problem-solving, begin with “Troubleshooting Basics” and then move on to “More Strategy Questions.” As you go along, also pay attention to the “Virtues of the Troubleshooter” listed in blue around the edge. The green section contains questions to ask before you begin a specific repair. The last column is titled “Cleaning Up”: these are the questions you should be asking yourself after you’ve fixed something (to prevent recurrence).

Tell Me What Happened

I would love to hear your feedback, especially if you’ve used the questions to troubleshoot a particular problem. Using the comments section below, let me know how it goes and if you have any suggestions on how to make the guide even better!


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  1. Quite informative and instructive. thanks for the effort.


  2. Thank you for the insights


  3. thank you for the effort….


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