My Google Alerts occasionally provide interesting and sometimes useful information regarding what others are thinking regarding Wicked Problems and other selected topics. Wicked Problems as involving enigmas seems to be in the collective consciousness these days.
In a blog posting on invasive species,
Perhaps this sentence echo's Winston Churchill's famous (in some quarters) quote about the Soviet Union:
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Regardless, I couldn't agree more with Petrus' characterization of Wicked Problems.
Just after I finished a first draft of this blogicle, the alerts delivered a pointer to Harvey Schachter's blogicle on Wicked Problems and corporate strategy:
STRATEGY: When an issue is disguised as a riddle, wrapped in an enigma
It's known as a wicked problem - and it's increasingly common in a complex business environment
Wicked problems are devilishly complex: They involve many stakeholders, change with every attempt you make to address them, and have no precedent on which to base your attack.
Schachter goes on to discuss some practical advice.