Here we look at the four basic element of creative thinking
A - Alternative thinking
B - Beyond thinking
C - Convergent thinking and
D - Divergent thinking
The ABCD of Creative Thinking
- A - Alternative Thinking as a problem analysis technique - Look at the problem through a different lens - What is the problem that you wish to solve - How would a 4 year old kid look at this problem - How would Walt Disney or Steve Jobs look at this problem, How would Mahatma Gandhi look at this problem - I created a powerful deck of 108 triggers for looking at a problem through different lens (on 27 August, 2011) - I have been using it at all my Innovation workshops - we get many good ideas and it is very popular. I will be sharing this deck in my blog posts.
Solve Tough Problem by using Lenses - http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2007/05/09/solve-tough-problems-by-using-lenses/
- B - Beyond Thinking is also a problem defining technique - but it does it by by visualizing the ideal solution (without being bogged down by current constraints or how to make it work)
- The Nine Dots puzzle is a classic example of Beyond thinking - in fact this puzzle gave rise to the phrase "Out-of-the-box-thinking"
- Visualize the Ideal Solution - Go beyond the current solutions, technologies, paradigms - go beyond the box - Stretch the paradigms - Think out of the Box - Think of Ideality (IFR - Ideal Final Result) - What will the Ideal solution look like - If you are the omnipotent GOD, how will you solve the problem - dont be limited by current constraints - think of the impossible - then work backwards to see how close you can get to the ideal solution. IFR is one of the foundation pillars of TRIZ - Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (Altshuller).
Here Ellen Domb (TRIZ Expert) explains we can use IFR to define the problem to be solved - http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/1998/06/d/index.htm (TRIZ Journal is a great resource for mastering TRIZ techniques)