In the book THINKERTOYS, Michael Michalko, presents sets of techniques for generating ideas. In my previous post, I covered Group A linear techniques for ideas. In this post, I’ll cover Group B. The Group B linear techniques arranges information in a way so that you move in determined steps toward a new idea.
Key Take Aways
Here are my key take aways:
- My favorite example is the Tug-of-War. It’s about reframing and changing the position of negative forces to neutralize thier impact and empower you.
- Fitting your challenges into an Idea Box forces you to find new meanings and connections.
- I like the Idea Grid’s ability to compress information. I find compressed information is easier to quickly see new patterns and possbilities.
- I had a hard time following how to do the Lotus Blossum, but once I figured it out, I like how it helps you track the whole systems of interacting elements.
- I like the lightweight and question-driven appraoch to Pheonix.
- Tug-of-War (Force field analysis) – How to graph a challenge’s positive and negative forces and then maximize the positives and minimize the negatives.
- Idea Box (Morphological analysis) – How to identify and box the parameters of a challenge to quickly produce thousands of new ideas.
- Idea Grid (FCB grid) – How to find new ideas and creative strategies using a grid to organize complex masses of information.
- Lotus Blossom (Diagramming) – How to diagram obstacles and then use them to reach your goal.
- Phoenix (Questions) – How to use a checklist of problem-solving questions – originated by the CIA – to guide your thinking.
- The Great Transpacific Airline and Storm Door Company (Matrix) – How to create a keyword index and mix and match the key words in a matrix to produce new ideas.
- Future Fruit (Future scenarios) – How to project a future scenario in order to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
- Michael Michalko’s example of the Lotus Blossom Approach
- CreativeThinking.Net (Michael Michalko’s site)
- ScenarioThinking.Org – use this site to find resources on thinking up and planning for scenarios.