Effective BrainStorming (EBS)

Brainstorming is one of the most popular creative instruments for problem-solving. The simplest method is the unstructured brainstorming. The process is easy. We collect different ideas (tasks) for the validation. The more the number of ideas the more the probability to get the correct or at least the most effective solution. People believe that if they generate a huge number of ideas they will be able to find the solution to the problem.  Generally speaking, it is correct. However, the question is how to choose the right idea or task. What is the problem with brainstorming as we know it?…

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It is about problem solving tools. “You never saw such a commotion up and down a house, in all your life, as when my Uncle Podger undertook to do a job.” – this is from “Three Men in a Boat” by Jerome K. Jerome, chapter “Uncle Podger hangs a picture”. You can enjoy reading the famous book again and again, but this particular chapter exactly corresponds to our topic, creative thinking tools.  What is most important to our topic is that Uncle Podger used tools: “Now you go and get me my hammer, Will,” he would shout; “and you bring…

Trapshooting is bad for the environment – here is our problem solution…

The paper refers to problem solving using creative thinking tool 40 Inventive principles. Trapshooting or clay-pigeon shooting invented in England at the end of the 18th century. The drive of the game was to improve hunters shooting skills. Nowadays trapshooting is a very popular sport with world championships and Olympic events. How does trapshooting work? Targets are launched into the air with a special machine at varying angles and speeds initially unknown to the shooter. The shooter fires at the targets with a shotgun and the score depends on hit count given specific rules. We are not going to dig…

PROBLEM SOLVING USING 40 INVENTIVE PRINCIPLES

This paper is about problem solving. Let’s play a game. Please follow me step-by-step. First step: Try to invent something. Just suggest an idea, any new idea. Not an easy task, right? You don’t know what to invent. You don’t know what you should think about. I will try to help you to invent another query. Second step: Try to invent something for your kitchen. Oh, that sounds better. You can propose changing the backsplash,  relocate the fridge or the microwave and so on. Why such a query sounds more helpful? Because this query focuses your thinking on your kitchen….

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