IT Needs to Think Outside the Box - Creative Thinking Exercises
Getting stuck is logical. Getting stuck within the confines of our mind when solving a problem is like battling the white-space bug for the first time; it’s illogical, but it’s what we don’t see that actually matters. This session explores methods, tools, and real stories used to break the shackles of our mind and help solve pesky IT, application development, and programmatic problems. Participants will leave challenged and will have completed practical methods and quick exercises to think outside the box and encourage creative problem solving as a team and as individuals. http://www.srholloway.com
Box Reduction Rules
• Using the following 5-box layout,
move pieces to make 4 closed boxes
• Use only existing pieces or sides
• Each box must be closed,
i.e. no open boxes or 3-sided boxes
• All sides of each box are the same length
and stay the same length (like toothpicks)
According to the laws of physics,
absolute zero (-459.67 F)
is the total absence of heat.
Cold only describes the level of no heat.
Cold is not the opposite of heat,
just the absence of it.
What is Really Measured?
Is there such a thing as
• Look for answers in spaces you
wouldn’t normally look
• Solutions are often outside of hard
or perceived limitations
• Practice to train creative ability
• Practice looking for answers outside
of normal constraints
• Avoid getting stuck within boundaries
that only exist in your mind
• Do out-of-the-box thinking exercises
as a group for creative team-building
IT Needs to Think