Ideation presents two key challenges:
1. How to circumvent brain barriers to generate new thoughts?
2. How to reach the best ideas faster?
To overcome these challenges the brain needs some triggers. Triggers can come from multiple sources. e.g. Edward De Bono's Provocation Operators (Lateral Thinking) help explore new pathways. Similarly, brain writing and scenario building help multiple brains come together synchronously to generate new alternate futures. FInally, The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) provides a rich and extremely powerful framework to analyze and solve problems. Put together, they are a deadly combination to trigger ideas!