Techniques for Creative Thinking

First of all, you should read the introduction which discusses the question: "What can I

do to increase my creativity?"

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Problem Reversal

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Applied Imagination - Question Summary

Lateral Thinking

Six Thinking Hats

The Discontinuity Principle

Checklists

Brainstorming

Forced Relationships/Analogy

Attribute Listing

Morphological Analysis

Imitation

Mindmapping

Storyboarding

Synectics

Metaphorical thinking Lotus Blossum Technique In the realm of the senses

Use of drawing (from Robert McKim's Experiences in Visual Thinking

IdeaToons (by Michael Michalko) New!

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Techniques

Assumption Smashing

DO IT! method of Roger Olsen

LARC Method

Unconscious Problem Solving

Simplex - a "complete" process with three stages (finding problems,solving problems, implementing solutions) and eight discrete steps represented as a wheel to reflect the circular, perennial nature of problem solving. The full name is the Basadur Simplex process. Its eight steps include: problem finding, fact finding, problem defining, idea finding, evaluating and selecting, action planning, gaining acceptance, and taking action. The t

Fuzzy Thinking

Some further examples of creativity techniques and guidelines linked with historical examples.

Breakthrough Thinking - The seven steps of uniqueness, purpose, solution after next, systems, needed information collection, people design, and betterment timeline.

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