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Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving

Since the arrival of the now classical Osborn-Parnes structure, any number of academic and business entities have re-sorted and renamed the stages and phases of what we now call the Creaive Problem Solving Process (CPS).

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Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats

The Six Thinking Hats method identifies six modes of thinking, which are meant to be directed in parallel at the problem at hand. This parallel thinking approach proactively discourages and replaces the argumentative approach in which members of a group advocate for opposing solutions.

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Productive Thinking

Productive Thinking

Productive Thinking is a problem-solving and opportunity-finding framework designed to incorporate creativity techniques such as brainstorming and lateral thinking as needed.

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Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is essentially a non-linear form of outlining. The idea is to make an organically associated diagram of words, concepts, ideas, tasks, decisions, or other information, and to link individual items as their associations demand.

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is the most familiar and popular idea-generating technique for groups. Useful in all stages of a larger problem-solving process, brainstorming is entirely divergent.

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Lateral Thinking

Lateral Thinking

Lateral Thinking is a deliberate, systematic creative-thinking process that deliberately looks at challenges from completely different angles.

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SCAMPER

SCAMPER

SCAMPER is an acronym for seven thinking techniques that help those who use them come up untypical solutions to problems. The thinking techniques are so common to human creative behavior that it might be more accurate to call SCAMPER a mnemonic for the collection of techniques rather than a technique of its own.

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Simplex

Simplex

The Simplex System brings together a creative problem solving process of and some creative thinking tools to help make that process work.

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K-J Method

K-J Method

The K-J Method was developed as the the Affinity Diagram by Jiro Kawakita in the 1960s and has become one of the Seven Management and Planning Tools used in Total Quality Control

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TRIZ

TRIZ

Based on the hypothesis that there exist universal principles of creativity or patterns of invention, it follows that all solutions have been discovered. The TRIZ methodology relys on a knowledge base of such invention models.

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Force-Field Analysis

Force-Field Analysis

Force-Field Analysis identifies the competing forces associated with a problem and uses brainstorming to find solutions

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Daydreaming

Daydreaming

It is a method of following self-thought one after another, make one drifts in stream of ideas which, eventually take a conic shape: what seemingly started as random thoughts will end as a tip of the cone: the ultimate idea.

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FORTH Innovation Method

FORTH Innovation Method

The FORTH innovation method is a customer oriented inspiring practical innovation method in five steps to create new products and services. Within 14 weeks of the kick-off you create 4 mini new business cases with a cross functional team.

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Dialectical Approaches

Dialectical Approaches

Several problem-solving approaches use debate to eliminate assumptions and to generate original ideas.

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Synectics

Synectics

The basis of Synectics lies in the meaning of the name. Throughout a Synectics session, the facilitator is responsible for bringing together and guiding a diversity of people, their divergent ideas, and random stimulation.

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Morphological Analysis

Morphological Analysis

Morphological Analysis provides a system and format for examining the parameters of complex problem situations for novel combinations that can be developed into creative solutions.

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Charrette

Charrette

A formal version of Charrette involves creative cram sessions over a number of days in which architects, their creative suppliers, municipal officials, developers, and residents participate. Such sessions are also called inquiry by design.

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Theory of Trouble Shooting

Theory of Trouble Shooting

This Theory is necessary for finding out root cause of ANY TROUBLE in ANY SYSTEM / MACHINE. When you read it, you will appriciate the fact that NO ONE HAS SO FAR SOLVED ANY TROUBLE IN ANY SYSTEM / MACHINE WITHOUT INADVERTANT USE OF THIS METHOD; which I have researched & documented meticulously.

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Guided Brainstorming

Guided Brainstorming

Guided Brainstorming combines TRIZ with systems thinking and FAST modelling in a unique and systematic method both for problem solving and for innovation.

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SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis is well known as a business tool for planning but you can find that very useful generally in thinking.

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de Bono's Focus on Facilitation

de Bono's Focus on Facilitation

Twenty-nine core tools from de Bono's Lateral Thinking, and CoRT Tools kits are combined within the flexible Six Thinking Hats method.

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Micro-Reality

Micro-Reality

Micro-Reality is a mind development technique that studies and dissects problems and challenges with a view to provide new, customized and dynamic solutions.Our key model for Micro-Reality is SIMULATION. Embedded in our simulation processes are key strategies like observation, analysis, application, synthesis, evaluation, hybridization, prediction and deconstruction.

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