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1 Brainstorming Possible Solutions © 2013 Project Lead The Way, Inc.Engineering Design and Development

2 Strategies for Brainstorming Possible Solutions Focus on Quantity Withhold Criticism Welcome Unusual Ideas Combine and Improve Ideas Brainstorming Possible Solutions Processes That Derail Brainstorming Free Riding Evaluation Apprehension Blocking Social Matching Effect Illusion of Group Productivity

3 Post-It Notes Free writing “Blurting out” Brainstorming Techniques Free Form Brainstreaming

4 Ideas created by mentally forcing the association of two seemingly unrelated items. Johan Gutenberg Wine press + coin stamp = Moveable type press Brainstorming Techniques Forced Association

5 SSubstitute something... CCombine it with something else... AAdapt something to it... MMagnify or add to it... MModify it... PPut it to some other use... EEliminate something... RRearrange it... RReverse it... Brainstorming Techniques SCAMMPER Brainstorming activity that allows you to turn 5 ideas into 50

6 Brainstorming Techniques Mind Mapping – A diagram is used to visually outline information A mind map is a graphical representation that can be used to generate, visualize, and organize ideas to solve a problem. The ideas are arranged in a branching fashion according to relative importance, with the major ideas branching directly from the center main idea. Other ideas that are triggered by or related to the major ideas are then connected to major ideas. Colors are often used to distinguish between major ideas. Additional connections can also be added to indicate relationships among different elements. Major Idea Main Idea

7 Brainstorming Techniques Mind Mapping – A diagram is used to visually outline information

8 Brainstorming Documentation All ideas should be captured. You may come back to some of these ideas later Have a note taker Take photographs Compile ideas after the session

9 Other Concept Generation Dysfunctions Utilizing a poor project proposal. Assuming there is only ONE right answer. Getting hooked on the FIRST solution –Especially when it ALMOST works. Considering the ideas from only one or two team members

10 Concept Generation Dysfunctions Feeling too anxious to finish Becoming frustrated by the lack of success Getting hooked on a solution that almost works

11 If You Get Stuck... Combine promising partial solutions Try a different brainstorming technique Try both individual and group brainstorming Do some more research –Consider concepts used by other designs –Consider concepts employed in unrelated products

12 Image Resources Microsoft, Inc. (2008). Clip art. Retrieved from


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