I've missed more than 9000
shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan
Brain Showering Requires a high
level of energy, and usually works because there is little time to violate the rules of Brainstorming. ✴ All brainstorming rules apply. ✴ Spend ﬁve minutes explaining the problem and parameters. ✴ Spend ﬁve minutes on rapid-ﬁre divergent thinking. ✴ Spend ﬁve minutes on convergent thinking based on divergent thinking ideas ✴ Spend ﬁnal ﬁve minutes deciding who will do what with which ideas
Afﬁnity Diagrams Organizing ideas
into common themes. Can be used to: ✴ Draw out common themes from a large amount of information. ✴ Discover previously unseen connections between various ideas or information. ✴ Brainstorm root causes and solutions to a problem.
Mind Mapping The art of
tornado notes. Great by yourself or with a group. ✴ Start with a blank sheet of paper. ✴ In the middle of the paper, write the problem. ✴ Encircling the problem, write down everything that occurs to you - do not limit, edit or censor yourself. ✴ Work quickly without stopping. ✴ Finish when you’ve “run dry”, usually takes 10 to 15 minutes ✴ Take a break and come back later.
Chair Jousting Need at least
two people “jousting” and one person taking notes. Works well with larger groups. ✴ State the problem. ✴ Take turns and be fearless. ✴ Work quickly without stopping. ✴ Build on ideas or use lateral thinking. ✴ Use notes to conduct convergent thinking. ✴ Take a break and come back later.
SCAMPER A checklist for either
direct suggestions or as starting points for lateral thinking. S: Substitute - components, materials, people C: Combine - mix, combine with other assemblies or services, integrate A: Adapt - alter, change function, use part of another element M: Modify - increase or reduce in scale, change shape, modify attributes (e.g. color) P: Put to another use E: Eliminate - remove elements, simplify, reduce to core functionality R: Reverse - turn inside out or upside down
Ask A Child See the
world through fresh eyes. ✴ Why is the sky blue? ✴ Where does wind come from? ✴ How can we sell more widgets? ✴ The work of Jean Piaget
More… Idea Generating Techniques ✴
Imitation ✴ Musicians, artists, athletes do it. ✴ Inspiration ✴ Go to a museum. Read magazines. Go the movies. Put creative apps on your phone. Go to the library. Attend a play. ✴ Elimination ✴ Throw out the ﬁrst idea ✴ Accidental Revelation ✴ Visualization ✴ Repeated Examination
…Still More Idea Generating Techniques
✴ Google ✴ FFFFound ✴ http://ffffound.com/ ✴ Visual Thesaurus ✴ http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ ✴ Wordoid ✴ http://wordoid.com/ ✴ Tagline Generator ✴ http://taglinegenerator.com/ ✴ YouTube ✴ http://youtube.com/
Regular breaks enhance problem- solving
skills signiﬁcantly, in part by making it easier for workers to sift through their memories in search of relevant clues. Creativity and the Mind: Discovering the Genius Within Thomas B. Ward, Ronald A. Finke, Steven M. Smith