Creative Problem Solving Process

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An overview of the Osborn-Parnes creative problem solving process, with a dash of Forth wisdom.

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Creative Problem Solving Process

  1. 1. CREATIVEPROBLEM SOLVING PROCESS Osborn – ParnesCreative Education Foundation
  2. 2. CPS PROCESS• Created 1950s• Alex Osborn & Dr. Sidney J. Parnes• Follows natural human process• Three stages, six steps
  3. 3. TYPICAL APPROACH• Gather around the whiteboard• Present the Problem• Ask for Ideas• Shoot Down Ideas• Reach Uncomfortable Consensus.
  4. 4. THREE STAGES• Explore the Challenge• Generate Ideas• Prepare for Action
  5. 5. SIX STEPS – EXPLORATION
  6. 6. SIX STEPS – EXPLORATION• Objective Finding• Fact Finding• Problem Finding
  7. 7. SIX STEPS – IDEAS
  8. 8. SIX STEPS – IDEAS• Idea Finding
  9. 9. SIX STEPS – SOLUTIONS
  10. 10. SIX STEPS – SOLUTIONS• Solution Finding• Acceptance Finding
  11. 11. WHAT’S WITH THE ARROWS DUDE?
  12. 12. DIVERGENCE AND CONVERGENCE• Brainstorming Done Right
  13. 13. DIVERGENCE• Creative Process• Gather Many Options• No Judgement!• Write It All Down• Move Quickly.
  14. 14. CONVERGENCE• Analytical Process• Reduce the Options• Apply Judgement• Write It All Down• Move Less Quickly
  15. 15. DIVERGENCE AND CONVERGENCE• Brainstorming Done Right• Divergence – Exploring Ideas• Convergence – Selecting Ideas
  16. 16. SIX STEPS
  17. 17. FACILITATION• Select one Person as a Guide• They Oversee Each Step• Keep People On Track.
  18. 18. FORTH WISDOM• Forth?• Restate the Problem Until it Goes Away• Identify and Reject Your Illusions – Things that don’t help• Identify and Reject Non-Problems• Simplify Viciously• Write 90% Less Code – And Make It Awesome!
  19. 19. CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING• Use The Process• Use The Principles• Embrace Simplicity
  20. 20. MAKE AWESOME HAPPEN Life is too short to do anything else.

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