Best Creativity Techniques


Creative problem solving and
creativity techniques


I. Three pillars of  activating creativity

2. Synectics (William Gordon).

II. The classic methods of activating creativity

1. Focal Objects Method (Ch. Whiting).
2. Kipling technique  (5Ws / H).
3. Idea-Spurring Questions techniques, Checklists (G. Polya, T . Eiloart, R. Crawford, J. Pearson,  A. Osborn’s Checklists etc.).
4. Mind mapping (T. Buzan.).
5. Lateral Thinking (de Bono E.).
6. Six Thinking Hats Technique (de Bono E).
7. Concept Fan, Provocation Technique (de Bono E).
8. Free Association Activities: ”stream of consciousness”.
9. Analogy and Metaphor Technique.
10. Metaphorical Thinking  (G.Morgan).
11. Visual Thinking Technique (R. McKim).
12. TRIZ – Theory of Inventive Problem Solving.
12.1. Classical variant (G.S. Altshuller).
12.2. Modern modifications (M.I.Meerovich et al.)

Additional techniques

1. Method of catalog (F. Kunze).
2. Attribute Listing, Attribute Association Technique (R. Crawford, A. VanGundy).
3. Component Detailing Technique (E. Wakin,1985).
4. SCIMITAR system (J.Carson).
5. Forced Analogy (R. Olson).
6. Forced Transfer and Forced Comparisons (J. Wyckoff).
7.  Morphological Forced Connections. (D. Koberg and J. Bagnall).
8. Algorithm of Relations (H. Crovitz).
9. Sequence-Attribute modification matrix.
10. Guided Visualization, Imagework.
11. Associations technique , method of garlands of coincidences and associations (G. Bush).
12. Reversal method, Problem Reversal (Ch. Thompson).

III. Special and modern methods
of creativity activation

1. Wishful Thinking  Technique (A. VanGundy).
2. System “The Universal Traveler “ (D. Koberg, J.Bagnal).
3. What -If Technique.
4. Osborn-Parnes Model of CPS.
5. Manipulative verbs Technique, “Scamper” (B. Eberle),
6. “Transform” (D.Iain, D. Berg).
7. Reframing  Matrix  (M. Morgan).
8. Lotus Blossom  Technique ( Yasuo Matsumura).
9. Free Writing/Wet Inking.

Additional techniques

1. Edison technique, Method “ Trial and error”.
2. Force-field analysis is a technique (K. Lewin).
3. Multiple Redefinition (T. Rickards).
4. Progressive abstraction Technique (H. Geschka).
5. Decomposable matrices Technique (H. Simon).
6. Disjointed Incrementalism Technique (D. Braybrooke, C. Lindblom).
7. Focus Groups (R. Merton, E. Dichter).
8. Boundary Examination Technique.
9. Bug List Technique.
10. Modelling.
11. DO IT (R. Olsen).
12. Eight Disciplines Problem Solving.
13. Simplex ( M. Basadur).
14. Disney Creativity Strategy (R. Dilts).
15. Unconscious Problem Solving.
16. Working with Dreams and Images (D.Glouberman).
17. 3B (Bus, bed, bath) Technique.
18. Fishhooking.
19. Indirect Strategies (B.Anno, P.Schmidt),
20. Random Stimuli Technique.
21. Other sensory lenguages (D.Adams).
22. Surfacing assumptions technique.
23. Left Right Brain Alternations technique.
24. Peaceful Setting  technique.
25. Playing and Humorous approach.
26. Wise Counsel Technique (S. Parnes).
27. Creating Personal Hall of Fame (M. Michalko).
28. ”Superheroes” or Napoleon Technique.
29. Other Peoples Viewpoints.
30. System “Playful Perception Technique” (H. Left).
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