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I am building a temple

A traveler passed a quarry saw three men working and asked them:  “What are you doing?” “I am carring stones”,  said the first one. “I’m earning...

Entering a Flow State

Cook Ting was cutting up an ox for Lord Wen-hui. At every touch of his hand, every heave of his shoulder, every move of...

The secret of Art

Woodworker Qing carved a piece of wood and made a bell stand, and when it was finished, everyone who saw it marvelled, for it...

Braindrawing

This technique can be used  when a group of people prefer non-verbal methods of creativity. Braindrawing works by providing non-verbal stimulus to the creative...

Rightbraining

It is used as a visual method of creating ideas.  It also can be used also as a change from other creative methods. Mechanisms • Partially complete...

Visual brainstorming

Visual brainstorming technique is a graphic ideation, when group members sketch solutions to a problem. The sketches are used as a springboard for more...

Battelle-Buildmappen-Brainwriting

The Battelle-Buildmappen-Brainwriting (BBB) method was developed by researchers at the Battelle Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. (J. N Warfield, H. Geschka and R. Hamilton, 1975). The...

Air cliché

This technique (author Arthur Van Gundy) is the combination of a fun atmosphere, a structured brainstorming procedure, and brainwriting. This idea generation activity helps groups...

Imaginary brainstorming

This method is like Classic Brainstorming, but with a slight differences. Procedure Steps 1. The leader creates a problem statement. When defining the problem make sure...

Trigger method

The trigger method is often used in conjunction with classical brainstorming (Bujake, 1969). This method based on repetition. One idea triggers another and another...

Card story boards

It is an “idea’ organizing” method using tree logic.  With card story boards, the facilitator can concentrate on idea-generation of particular topics and sub-topics...

The classic cluster brainstorming method

The Bubble Method This technique helps to reveal many different aspects of the topic. Procedure Steps: 1. Write the topic or word in the in the center...

Sharpen your saw!

A Parable of Method One man who was walking through a forest when he came across a frustrated lumberjack. A lumberjack was trying to cut...

Dream of a butterfly

Once Chuang Chou dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know...

Snowballing technique

It is so called on the analogy of the increasing size of a snowball when rolled down a snow-covered slope. Snowball samples begin from...

The K-J method

Method was developed as the the Affinity Diagram by Japanese anthropologist Jiro Kawakita in the 1960s and has become one of the Seven Management...

The Pin card technique

Pin-Card technique is another variation of Brainwriting method developed by the Battelle Institute (H. Geschka, et al., 1981) The pin cards that can be small...

Parable of Heaven and Hell

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell...

Blue slips technique

Method was developed by C. C. Crawford of the University of Southern California (USA) in the 1920s. It is an organized process for use in...

Rotating roles

Rotating between roles allows participants to bring forward different views in that role or position as a process owner or stakeholder, views that often...

Rolestorming technique

This method was developed by Griggs (1985) and described by VanGundy (1988). Participants take on another identity and view problems and solutions from a different...

“Maybe” – Parable of Wisdom

Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon...

Parable of Opportunities and Time

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening...

The Buzz session

This method was developed by J.D. Phillips (1948).  A small group drawn from a larger group that discuss a specific aspects of a larger topic....