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    How  to  adapt  the SS methodology into  the  “Parallel  thinking” (Edward  de  Bono) style:
    Perceptions vs. Processing
    Subjective vs. objective
    Water logic vs. rock logic?
    Flow vs. identity
    Self-organizing vs. externally organized
    Movement  vs. Judgement 
    Whole vs. part
    Non-linear vs. linear
    Forward vs. Backword
    Change vs. stability
    Wisdom vs. cleverness
    Plural vs. single
    Humility vs. arrogance


    Naval Amin

    No  Relation.Parallel  Thinking  is  a  complete  nonsense.Similar to Mikel  Harry’s sigma  shift,De Bono wanted just  to  generate money  and  fame through  his  theory? Just  My  Opinion  


    Duke Okes

    I would agree minimal connection, other than in the Improvement phase.  DeBono’s stuff is about creativity (innovation), not optimization (six sigma).  However, during Improvement phase use of DeBono’s theories & tools might allow coming up with more creative, breakthrough solutions.



    I will just give you some background on how the lateral/parallel thinking distinction can be applied to any type of problem solving exercise (including six sigma). As a matter of fact, de Bono’s distinctions are meant to describe general heuristics that may or may not be functional for a given problem. What he tries to do is to train people on applying specific forms of “heuristics” so they don’t get stuck with a specific “style of thinking”.
    The general framework of the theory was developed by Dunker (1935) who applied the laws of Gestal to thinking processes. These were later reformulated in the context of what has now become to be known as “cognitive sciences” (including information processing theory, articifical intelligence, cognitive psychology etc.).
    Dunker offered a general sequence of steps that occur in all problem solving situations. De Bono’s model is an extension of step 6 in that it classifies specific general heuristic models into modes of thinking such as lateral thinking and parallel thinking. It also goes beyond those heuristics because it states that certain thinking styles permeate the way that solutions are found and may support or inhibit the search for solutions to a problem. He then went on and translated these general heuristics into a framework that allows people to adopt certain thinking styles to specific problems.  
    Step 1: The subject has a goal; the goal becomes a problem if it cannot be reached immediately by obvious action.
    Step 2: Problem – solving consists of a sequence of phases; each phase is a reformulation of the problem (in Six Sigma: original problem statement -> focused problem statement)
    Step 3: There are tentative solutions, and these solutions have a function for the ultimate solution (Shall I reject the null hypothesis yes or no)
    Step 4: the sequences of phases constitues a sequence of further specifications of the functional character of the solution (This is where problem solving becomes complex because the pieces (parts) need to support the final solution (whole).
    Step 5: Within these sequences there are search procedures, which occur within the realm of suggested partial solutions (how do the different pieces fit together?)
    Step 6: Here is where de Bono comes into play: The phases are under the control of general heuristic models. Also, the forumalation of the problem itself is dependent on the thinking mode (for example lateral vs. parallel). Thinking plays a criitical role in the perception and processing of problems. Thus, perception translates into thinking and determines the processes of problem resolution. In your schema below they are both part and whole.
    Step 7: The solution
    The model is so general that we apply it any moment in time. It is a psychological framework for analyzing problem solving of individuals.



    Very  Informative.Thank  You for  this  great Enlightenment

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