6 Different Approaches to generate ideas
1. Extract the abstract:
Simplify to a skeleton. Pay attention to details and classify.
2. Observe the features:
Use SCAMPER on Attributes / Components / Processing-steps.
3. Visualize through others:
Use peripheral vision. Change Focus / Angle / Entry-point.
4. Look outside boundaries:
Challenge rules, assumptions, constraints, logic. Ask what-if.
5. Keep eyes wide open:
Look for inspiration. Apply random-stimulus, import / export.
6. Scan through alternatives:
Consciously generate ideas. 5W1H, Mindmap, Brainstorm.
Think like a person from another profession.
Approach a problem like a child or person from a different field. Imagine how they would look at the problem. Generate ideas by thinking in a different point-of-view.
Engineer – Add, Subtract, Combine, Modify
Salesman – Exaggerate, Magnify, Maximize
Driver – Find alternative routes, directions, shortcuts
Lawyer – Break rules, Challenge logic, Reverse assumptions
Player – Delay judgment, ignore mistakes till end
Artist – Random association, Inspiration from nature
List of other thinking tools:
BAR – Bigger Added, Remove/Replace
CAMPER – Consequences-Assumptions-Main Points, Prejudice-Evidence,Relevance
C&C – Compare and Contrast
C&S – Consequence and sequel
Directed Thinking – Consider All Factors; Why yes? Why no? Why Wait? What else? Way to go?
FIP – First Important Priority
OPV – Other People’s Point Of View
PCD – Possibilities-Consequences-Decision
PMI – Plus Minus and Interesting
Reversal – State the problem, reverse the problem, ask why? Brainstorm, seek the solution
SCAMPER – Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify (magnify/minimise),Put to other use, Eliminate, Remove/reverse.
SCUMPS – Size, colour, use, materials, parts, shape
SWOT – Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats