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1 1Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming Brainstorming and Painstorming Jonathan Weaver UDM Mechanical Engineering Department

2 2Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming References Otto, Kevin and Wood, Kristin: Product Design – Techniques in Reverse Engineering and New Product Development. Prentice Hall, Dieter, George E.: Engineering Design – A Materials and Processing Approach. Third Edition. McGraw-Hill, Ullman, David G.: The Mechanical Design Process. Second Edition. McGraw-Hill, Wright, Ian: Design Methods in Engineering and Product Design. McGraw-Hill, Dave Verduyn guest lectures at UDM.

3 3Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming Agenda Brainstorming Painstorming

4 4Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What is Brainstorming Brainstorm: Sudden disturbance of the mind; sudden inspiration … Brainstorming is an intuitive method of working as a team to generate concepts where team members communicate ideas verbally and with quick sketches All team members are encouraged to be open and uninhibited Goal is to comprehensively explore a breadth of solutions ideally leaving no promising directions unexplored Team members build upon each others’ ideas

5 5Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming Advantages of Brainstorming A set of individuals can collectively build on each other to generate ideas that would not arise individually Each member of the group contributes ideas from his or her own viewpoint Good team builder/morale booster It’s a great tool to start developing concepts (just don’t make it the only tool used!)

6 6Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming Disadvantages of Brainstorming The “right idea” may not come at the “right time” Group conventions may sidetrack or inhibit original ideas (hence it is best to have each individual generate ideas beforehand) The team may be distracted by a misdirected focus Certain team members may dominate the discussion Other than encouraging “unconstrained” thinking and “out of the box” ideas, there is very little direction or process to actively stimulate new ideas (we’ll cover some tools for systematic innovation to address this)

7 7Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming Brainstorming Process Form a group with 5 to 15 people (too few gives inadequate ideas, too many can break down the group into multiple conversations or inhibit participation) Designate a group leader/facilitator who will solely direct and record Introduce the problem, then brainstorm ideas; wrap up when stagnation is reached (30-45 minutes) Record all the ideas generated

8 8Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming Brainstorming Guidelines Provide a suitable working environment Avoid hierarchically structured groups Don’t confine the group to experts in the area Carefully define the problem beforehand (or at the start) and allow time for individual thought Do not allow the evaluation of ideas Think wild and encourage humor Practice applying the brainstorming technique on real, but non-critical problems to get good at it for the critical problems End Brainstorming

9 9Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming Painstorming Identifying and developing countermeasures to your customers’ pains [Dave Verduyn] “Necessity is the Mother of Invention, and it is Frustration that Fuels the Fire!” ALWAYS be on the lookout for the frustration that might fuel your big idea! Let’s look at some examples of Painstorming

10 10Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What’s annoying about the airline seat in front of you? ‘Knee Defender’ Fights for Space on Planes, NPR All Things Considered, November 12, 2003 Let’s ListenLet’s Listen

11 11Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What’s the toughest part of putting on shoes for a 2 year old?

12 12Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What’s the problem with this?

13 13Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What’s the most common cause of non-weather-related down time in house framing?

14 14Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What’s the most frustrating sound you hear when using a tape measure? 11 ft tape standout

15 15Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What’s the problem here?

16 16Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What’s the problem here? Source: Source: weighing-luggage.html

17 17Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming What’s the pain here for an ultra-marathon runner?

18 18Weaver Brainstorming Painstorming "One thing to bear in mind about serendipity is that you have to be looking for something in order to find something else." Lawrence Block (1938- ) is an acclaimed contemporary American crime writer who was designated as a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in Most people only become aware of their surroundings when they are looking for something specific. But, by cultivating a sense of "huntfulness" all day, every day, you will not only find what you seek, but you will also discover all kinds of unexpected things that otherwise would have gone overlooked. This is one of the basic, yet most important attributes that distinguish successful, prolific innovators from the average person on the street. Ideaology’s Innovation Quote du Jour


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