Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER. SCAMPER is a technique you can use to spark your creativity and help you overcome any challenge you may be facing. In essence, SCAMPER is a general-purpose checklist with idea-spurring questions — which is both easy to use and surprisingly powerful.
It was created by Bob Eberle in the early 70s, and it definitely stood the test of time. In this posting, I present a complete SCAMPER primer, along with two free creativity-boosting resources: a downloadable reference mind map and an online tool that generates random questions to get you out of a rut whenever you need. SCAMPER Primer SCAMPER is based on the notion that everything new is a modification of something that already exists. S = SubstituteC = CombineA = AdaptM = MagnifyP = Put to Other UsesE = Eliminate (or Minify)R = Rearrange (or Reverse) To use the SCAMPER technique, first state the problem you’d like to solve or the idea you’d like to develop. Consider, for instance, the problem "How can I increase sales in my business?
" Combine. Stakeholder Analysis. From Mycoted Stakeholder Analysis (Mason and Mitroff, 1981) looks at how groups of people might affect the outcomes of a proposal by the way they react.
To identify stakeholders the following checklist may prove useful: Who are the sources of reaction or discontent to what is going on? Who have relevant positional responsibility? Who do others regard as ‘important’ actors’? Who participate in activities? Using a matrix like the one below, stakeholders can be plotted and categorised both by the chance of their affecting the situation, and by the scale of impact they would have if they did. Listing any assumptions that stakeholders are making could prove helpful e.g. using Assumption Surfacing, carefully assess the list, especially in relation to the stakeholder for whom they have been derived.
Six Thinking Hats. From Mycoted Early in the 1980s Dr.
Edward de Bono invented the Six Thinking Hats method. The method is a framework for thinking and can incorporate lateral thinking. Valuable judgmental thinking has its place in the system but is not allowed to dominate as in normal thinking. Dr. de Bono organized a network of authorized trainers to introduce the Six Thinking Hats. The six hats represent six modes of thinking and are directions to think rather than labels for thinking. The method promotes fuller input from more people. The key point is that a hat is a direction to think rather than a label for thinking. Encourage Parallel Thinking encourage full-spectrum thinking separate ego from performance There are six metaphorical hats and the thinker can put on or take off one of these hats to indicate the type of thinking being used.
White Hat thinking This covers facts, figures, information needs and gaps. Red Hat thinking This covers intuition, feelings and emotions. Simplex. From Mycoted This technique is an industrial-strength creativity tool, which takes the DO IT method to the next level of sophistication. Rather than seeing creativity as a single straight-line process, Simplex views it as the uninterrupted cycle it should be, where completion and implementation of one cycle of creativity leads straight into the next cycle of creative improvement (see the 8 stage cycle that simplex uses below) Problem Finding Discovering the right problem to resolve is the most difficult part of the creative process. The problem may be obvious or need to be flushed out using rigger question such as: What would your customers want you to improve? These questions deal with problems that exist now.
Fact Finding. SWOT Analysis. From Mycoted A successful technique for identifying your Strengths and Weaknesses and study any Opportunities and Threats you face.
The SWOT Analysis requires you to write down answers to the following questions: Strengths, what do you do well? What are your advantages?.. Consider this from your point of view and that of others. Strengths and Weaknessess are internal factors Opportunities and Threats are external factors - often identified through PEST or PESTLE analysis SWOT techniques can be used on: Individuals - for development or career decisions Teams - for development and performance management Organizations for business planning, strategic decision making  Business Balls - SWOT  RapidBI - SWOT Templates  Wikipedia - SWOT  RapidBI - PESTLE Analysis template  Wikipedia - PEST analysis.