Gather a diverse group of people to generate a large quantity of ideas without immediate evaluation. Encourage a free flow of thoughts, and build upon each other's contributions.
Create visual representations of the problem and potential solutions. Mind maps help to organize thoughts, identify connections, and reveal new perspectives.
Consider the opposite of the problem or challenge. How would you create the problem, and what steps would lead to its solution? This approach can reveal unconventional solutions.
SCAMPER stands for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another use, Eliminate, and Reverse. Apply these actions to your problem to provoke innovative ideas and modifications
Imagine yourself in the shoes of someone else - a historical figure, a fictional character, or even an inanimate object. What approach would they take to solve the problem?
Developed by Edward de Bono, this technique involves looking at a problem from six different perspectives, each represented by a colored "hat" - neutral, optimistic, critical, creative, factual, and emotional.