I have a very general problem that I am hoping to get some advice/direction on. With most of the challenges and projects, it is very difficult for me to understand how to breakdown the requirements (or user story) into a case that is small and manageable enough to effectively write code for.
For example, it took me 4 days to figure out the Exact Change Challenge. Someone helped me with the answer, and when I saw it - I realized this was much easier than I was making it. I realized I could have easily completed the challenge within 30 minutes to an hour if I had just approached the problem correctly.
SO…my question is this: Are there any rules of thumb or over-arching philosophies/approaches that can help with this? Are there any books or training materials out there which can help me to learn to break down requirements/problems properly with the goal of making the coding task easier?
I look forward to your replies.