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Brainstorming - Brainstorming Techniques from MindTools

Brainstorming - Brainstorming Techniques from MindTools
Generating Many Radical, Creative Ideas Brainstorm better with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. How often have you used brainstorming to solve a problem? Chances are, you've used it at least once, even if you didn't realize it. For decades, people have used brainstorming to generate ideas, and to come up with creative solutions to problems. However, you need to use brainstorming correctly for it to be fully effective. In this article, we'll look at what it is, why it's useful, and how to get the best from it. What is Brainstorming? Madison Avenue advertising executive Alex Osborn developed the original approach and published it in his 1953 book, "Applied Imagination." The approach described here takes this research into account, so it's subtly different from Osborn's approach. Brainstorming combines a relaxed, informal approach to problem solving with lateral thinking. Therefore, during brainstorming sessions, people should avoid criticizing or rewarding ideas. Why Use Brainstorming? Tip:

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507 Mechanical Movements Wait... you said they were animated! Ah, yes… well, unfortunately we do not have all the animations working yet, but we do have quite a few. Look for the color thumbnails. They identify the completed animations. 5 Whys - Problem-Solving Skills From Quickly Getting to the Root of a Problem How to use the 5 Whys technique, with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. The 5 Whys is a simple problem-solving technique that helps you to get to the root of a problem quickly. Made popular in the 1970s by the Toyota Production System, the 5 Whys strategy involves looking at any problem and asking: "Why?" and "What caused this problem?"

A cheap, powerful digital microscope using your smartphone and an old laser pointer There is little reason anymore to buy one of those toy microscopes from the hobby shop for your budding biologist. To observe all that the microworld has to offer, the focus has shifted from the scope, to the camera. In other words, instead of trying to rig a camera to an existing scope, it now seems to make more sense to just build the scope around the camera. A cool project to build a high-power digital microscope, using an iPhone and the focusing lens from a cheap laser pointer, recently showed up on the Instructables website. Ten minutes and twenty dollars may be a little bit optimistic, but the video below does make it look easy.

Generating New Ideas - Creativity tools from Think Differently and Spark Creativity Switch on your creativity! © iStockphoto/NREY "We need to think differently!" The Top Ten Places To Find Free Brain Training Whether you’re just getting started on your brain training regimen, or you’re deep in the thick of it, variety can be the thing that keeps you going. I’ve put together 10 fantastic free resources to give you a taste of what’s available with just the quick click of your mouse. Get comfortable, take a little break and dig into some quality free brain training. 1) Brain Training and Memory Improvement by Jim Kwik A free, 3 part video masterclass that shows you how Fortune 500 CEOs and Hollywood celebrities supercharge their brain. 2) Brain Games by Brain Pages

Cause and Effect Analysis (Fishbone Diagrams) - from Identifying the Likely Causes of Problems (Also known as Cause and Effect Diagrams, Fishbone Diagrams, Ishikawa Diagrams, Herringbone Diagrams, and Fishikawa Diagrams.) Find all possible problems. Techniques for Creative Thinking Collectively, there are several hundred techniques published in books by Michael Michalko, Andy Van Gundy, James Higgins, Dilip Mukerjea and others. Techniques are like tools in a workshop, with different tools for different parts of the creative process. For example, there are techniques for defining a problem, exploring attributes of a problem, generating alternatives, visual explorations, metaphors, analogies, and evaluating and implementing ideas. Here is a small selection of techniques: For further background, read the introduction which discusses the question: "What can I do to increase my creativity?" Catalogues or Encyclopaedias of Techniques?

Innovation Styles = Success Booster Generating Innovative Solutions Often the hardest part of generating new innovative solutions is knowing where and how to begin looking for them. Whether you are wanting to inspire your staff or facilitate an idea-generation session, you'll benefit greatly by knowing which techniques belong to which Innovation Style. You can better select the techniques that will work for a particular mix of people, or which tools to introduce first and last. 22 Killer Personal Development Resources You're Missing Out On You’ve got the personal development itch once again. You know the feeling. Maybe you want to be more productive, finally tackle that goal of yours, or start waking up earlier. So you go to Google or your favorite personal development blogs.

10 Ways to Enrich Your Life by Learning Something New “When I learn something new – and it happens every day – I feel a little more at home in this universe, a little more comfortable in the nest.” – Bill Moyers We often get so entrenched in our daily routines that we forget to learn on a daily basis. Lifehacks, GTD, family, work, and social networking are all great ways to grow and enjoy life. They provide new experience and insight while offering endless opportunites for daily learning. But learning is best when it’s gained through concerted effort. Here are ten simple ways you can learn something new every day.

BrainStuff with Marshall Brain - The Blogs at HowStuffWorks We wanted to let you know that Marshall Brain will be leaving Discovery and HowStuffWorks to pursue new ventures and opportunities. Over the past 13 years, Marshall created HowStuffWorks from scratch and then helped grow it into the company that it has become today – a site with almost 20 million unique visitors a month. […] If you go to you can learn about a fascinating project/contest whose goal is to design a $300 house for the world’s two billion poorest inhabitants: We started with five simple questions: * How can organic, self-built slums be turned into livable housing? * What might a house-for-the-poor look like? * How can world-class […]

100 Amazing Memory Hacks to Maximize Your Brain March 4th, 2010 Students, business professionals, and average Janes and Joes–just about everyone would love to have a fool-proof memory, and with these amazing memory hacks, you can. These suggestions, tools, and tricks are sure to have you using your brain to the best of its abilities, whether you need to remember a semester’s worth of Biology 101, keep finding yourself in the awkward spot of not remembering names, or anywhere in between. Remembering Names Never forget another name when you use these awesome memory hacks. Draw a map.

101 Free Admin Tools We know administrators love tools that make life easier – especially when they’re free! So here are 101 of them! System and network analysis 1.