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Use eliminations to modify existing things.

Eliminate Who - Person, people, group, etc.

  • Who could be eliminated?
  • Who is really not part of the situation?

Eliminate What - Factor, element, part, component, feature, attribute, trait, quality, aspect, characteristic, facet, issue, subject, source, cause, effect, etc.

  • What can be eliminated?
  • What might you do without?
  • What can be removed?
  • What is not necessary?
  • Are there any opportunities for “Addition by Subtraction”?
  • What can be reduced to its core functionality?
  • What can be simplified?
  • What rules can be eliminated?
  • What would you do if the obstacles were eliminated?

Eliminate When - Time related, at what time, etc.

  • When can the time pressure be eliminated?
  • When can the deadline be moved or eliminated?

Eliminate Where - Place, location, setting, scene, etc.

  • Does the solution require a physical location?
  • Is there a virtual location?

Eliminate Why - Reason, purpose, cause, etc.

  • Why could you eliminate the reasons this situation is a problem?

Eliminate How – Process, manner in which something done, etc.

  • How might you eliminate a process?
  • How can you simplify it?

Synonyms for “Eliminate”:  Remove, Reduce, Cut Down

Related tool:  Sequential Attributes Matrix.