Tools to help you generate solutions.
Identify your goals for successful solutions.
Goals: Define your goals and objectives.
Analogies and Metaphors
Generate analogies and metaphors to create new ideas.
Analogies: Generate analogies.
Similarities and Differences: Compare your problem to an analogy.
Structured Analogies Matrix: Compare your problem to multiple analogies.
Synectics: Compare a paradox in your problem to an analogy.
Observed and Merged Viewpoints: View your problem from varying degrees of detachment.
Metaphors: Generate metaphors.
Brainstorming and Excursions
Use brainstorming and excursion techniques to create new ideas.
Brainstorming: Idea generation technique.
Starbursting: Brainstorming for key questions.
Excursions: Explore excursion worlds for new ideas.
Role Playing: Role playing techniques.
Modify existing things to come up with new ideas.
Sequential Attributes Matrix: Modify a process.
Substitute: Use substitutions to modify existing things.
Eliminate: Use eliminations to modify existing things.
Combine: Use combinations to modify existing things.
Adapt: Use adaptations to modify existing things.
Exaggerate: Use exaggerations to modify existing things.
Rearrange: Use new arrangements to modify existing things.
Reverse: Use reversals to modify existing things.
Hypotheses, Scenarios, and Indicators
Create hypotheses, scenarios, and indicators.
Hypothesis Generator: Generate hypothetical solutions.
Multiple Hypothesis Generator: Generate multiple hypotheses.
Scenarios Matrix: Analyze your drivers and scenarios.
Indicators: List of observations to track your scenarios.
Indicators Matrix: Analyze your indicators and scenarios.
Alternatives: List all potential solutions.
Hotspots: Identify the relative strength of association between related solutions.
Rival Hypotheses: A choice of one is not a choice.
Navigation - Toolkit: All the tools listed on one page.