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# Creative Problem Solving - A Step-by-Step Guide

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### Creative Problem Solving - A Step-by-Step Guide

1. 1. Creative Problem Solving A step-by-step Guide
2. 2. In the next few slides you will learnan innovative approach to problem solving, using the method called Systematic Inventive Thinking®
3. 3. The problemA gas company maintains a 3,000 mile pipeline.Somewhere in the pipe there’s a tiny leakage,causing damage to the environment.The company is looking for a fast and cost effectivesolution to locate the hole.
4. 4. We’d like to share a systematicapproach that leads to a simple, creative solution
5. 5. Problem Solving Technique – Step 1First, let’s list all existing componentsin the scenario
6. 6. Problem Solving Technique – Step 1First, let’s list all existing componentsin the scenario • pipeline • gas • animals • wind
7. 7. Problem Solving Technique – Step 2Now we’ll choose oneof the existing components • pipeline • gas • animals • wind
8. 8. Problem Solving Technique – Step 3Let’s write down differentcharacteristics of thechosen component
9. 9. Problem Solving Technique – Step 3Let’s write down differentcharacteristics of thechosen component • color • smell • density • temperature • solid/liquid
10. 10. Problem Solving Technique – Step 4Choose one characteristic,multiply it and changesomething in the copy • color • smell • density • temperature • solid/liquid
11. 11. Problem Solving Technique – Step 4Choose one characteristic,multiply it and changesomething in the copy 3 types of gas, each with a different smell: sweet, bitter, neutral
12. 12. Problem Solving Technique – Step 5Ask yourself – How could having 3 differenttypes of gas smell, help solve the leakage?
13. 13. By now, our systematic approachprobably got you some good ideas
14. 14. Here’s the simple solution that was really chosen
15. 15. Dead-animal smells added to the gas willattract certain animals, which will gatheraround the leak. A high concentration of these animals will reveal the gas leak
16. 16. So how did this problem solved by the systematic approach?
17. 17. This is what we call“thinking inside the box”
18. 18. Systematically thought of ideas,within a “closed world” leads you tocreative solutions that can be easily implemented
19. 19. And you can do it again. By usingSIT – Systematic Inventive Thinking®
20. 20. And you can do it again. By usingSIT – Systematic Inventive Thinking®
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