Examine your solutions for potential failures.
Negative Brainstorming consists of a conventional Brainstorming session where you explore the negative aspects of solutions.
In Negative Brainstorming, negativity is seen as advantageous.
Start by asking questions, such as:
- How not to solve the problem?
- What’s the worst thing that you could do?
- How could somebody really mess this up?
Negative Brainstorming is especially useful when:
- An idea is very new.
- A solution is complex.
- There is little margin for error.
- Facing a lot skepticism or criticism.
- A solution will undergo an intense review.
Creative Problem Solving: An Introduction, Donald Treffinger PhD, Scott Isaksen PhD, and Brian Stead-Doval, Waco, TX: Prufrock Press, 2006.