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    CT
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    I’m looking to see what are the best tools to use to get teams to think creatively when it comes to creating a solution to the problem.
    I’ve used the standard tools e.g. brain storming (that’s a thought shower for the PC’s), brain writing but would like to extend this tool box but not sure which ones work and which don’t.
    Can anyone advice me on any tools they’ve used which can help such as 7 hats, Triz etc.
    Thanks in advance for your help. 

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    #181951

    GB
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    nominal group technique
    IDEO deep dive
    3P
    Transactional rapid prototyping

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    #182015

    Big Al
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    Anti solution appeals to many groups as an extension of brainstorming  – answers the question “how would I design a process that gives the worst possible performance” – then draw out the “anti solution”.
    Gallery Walk where you start with four/five ideas – one on each flipchart – and get groups to go round adding in their thoughts, buidling on the previous group’s work – good energiser – can also work via email.
    Word association – throw out a word (eg “fish”) and get the group to generate ideas based on whatever characteristics of a fish they can think of..
    Depending on the complxity, FMEA can provoke lots of ideas.
    Thaink also of the environment in which you are generating ideas – often moving to another venue can be an inspiration.
    Above all have fun!
     
     
      

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    #182021

    Anonymous

    Design a process that gives the worst possible performance? Easy – just shovel all the components in a box.

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    #182025

    Steven Ungvari
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    CT,
    Some other creative techniques include: Heuristic Redifinition, Nine Windows, SCAMPER, Concept Tree, Random Stimulus, Provocation and Movement. 40 Inventive Principles. Morphological Matrix, TILMAG, Biomimicry  as well as the “usual suspects” Six Hats, Lateral Thinking and  Synectics.  Hope this helps.
    Steven Ungvari

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    #182027

    Will Rushing
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    By far, the most productive (and fun) tool that I have used to generate ideas and possible solutions is the FMEA.  This tool drills down to specific causes of failure, current control methods, and proposed control methods.  I have found that this tool generates so much quality information that can be further enriched with additional, focused data collection and validation.

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    #182033

    Tuguchi
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    You may use QFD as well

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    #182046

    CT
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    Thank you all for your input. There’s a few suggestions in there which I haven’t used before which look worth investigating.
    If there’s any others people can think of any techniques especially for when you have all the data you need, you know exactly what the problem is and why it happens but no one knows how to fix it. It doesn’t happen often but it when it does you can end up with sticking plasters rather than solutions. Which does no one any good.

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    #182053

    Bill Fowlkes
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    CT,
    For the specific situation where you know the problem but can’t find a fix, it is hard to beat ARIZ, the Triz algorithm, but you need an experienced person, such as Zinovy Royzen, to lead the analysis.  There are plenty of consultants looking for work, get one in for a single day and negotiate hard on price, they need the work.
    Bill

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    #182075

    TR
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    CT,
    I’ve found people to be their most effective in brain storming when you have framed the problem as specific as possible.  The less vague the better.  
    Also, with respect to TRIZ, I’ve created a Wiki website that automates the contradiction matrix and links it to a wiki knowledgebase of innovative principles.  Please feel free to leverage it.
    -TR

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    #182076

    TR
    Member

    CT,
    I guess it would help to provide the URL:
    http://WikiTRIZ.com
    -TR

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