Favorable omens by Rene Magritte

Wishful Thinking – creativity technique for breakthrough innovation

Wishful Thinking as a tool for Creative Problem Solving 1. Author Arthur Van Gundy (May 24, 1946 – May 5, 2009) was an American communication professor,...

Lateral thinking technique – effective tool for creative problem solving

Lateral thinking technique as insight, innovation and creativity 1. Author Edward de Bono (born May 19, 1933, Malta), British psychologist and writer, physician and inventor, expert...
Art by Andrew Ferez for methaphor technique

Metaphor technique for creative problem solving

Metaphor technique  1. Description Metaphor technique consists in creating new possibilities, means and solutions the by discovering and suggestion similarities between a problem or focal...

Analogy technique as a tool for creative problem solving

Analogy technique 1. Authors: W. Gordon (1961), E. de Bono (1970). 2. History W. Gordon began to use analogy as an effective method for creative problem...

Free Association – creative technique

Free Association as a creative problem-solving method 1. History The free association method or associative experiment was first used by Francis Galton and Wilhelm Wundt in...

Five Why – interrogative technique

Five Why Method 1. Author: Sakichi Toyoda (1867 –1930), Japanese inventor and industrialist, who is referred to as the "King of Japanese Inventors". 2. History: The technique...

The Kipling method (5W1H)

The Five W’s and One H Method 1. Author: Rudyard Kipling (1865 –1936), English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. 2. History: The method gets its name...

How to solve a problem – checklist  by G. Polya

 Polya's checklist   Author: Hungarian mathematician George Polya (1887–1985), one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century. History: In 1945  George Polya propoused the four-step...

The Phoenix checklist – Creative Thinking Technique

The Phoenix checklist as creative problem solving technique Michael Michalko. Thinkertoys: Handbook of Business Creativity for the 90's. Phoenix is a checklist of questions developed by the...

SCAMPER – Creative technique for ideation

SCAMPER –Creative tool for ideation and problem solving (It is an acronym from Substitute Combine Adapt Modify Put Eliminate Reverse) Author : Bob Eberle, education administrator History:...

Electronic or online brainstorming

Online brainstorming (Brainlining)  Author: Peter Lloyd 1. Description Electronic brainstorming or simply Online brainstorming (Brainlining) is the modern version of brainstorming. The word brainlining is combined with...

Method of focal objects

Method of focal objects (MFO) 1. Authors  American scientist Charles Whiting (1958), predecessor – German psychologist Friedrich Kunze “Method of catalog” (1926), follower Edward de Bono...