Sequential Attributes Matrix
Modify a process.
Sequential Attributes Matrix is a tool for finding ways to modify a process.
To create a Sequential Attributes Matrix table:
Step 1: Create a table with 8 columns (see diagram below).
Step 2: List each stage of your process down the left-hand column of the table.
Step 3: Label the other columns: 'Substitute', 'Eliminate', 'Combine', 'Adapt', 'Exaggerate', 'Rearrange', and 'Reverse'.
Step 5: Analyze how modifications might affect the interdependence of the stages.
Step 6: Study the order and see if it can be changed around in any way.
Step 7: Select the modifications that show the most promise.
Diagram of a Sequential Attributes Matrix:
Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Thinking, Alex F. Osborn, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953.
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