Unified structured inventive thinking

Unified Structured Invention Thinking (USIT) is a structured, problem-solving methodology for finding innovative solution concepts to engineering-design type problems. Historically, USIT is related to Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), which originated in Israel and is related to TRIZ , the Russian methodology. It differs from TRIZ in many ways, but most importantly it is a simpler methodology, which makes it quicker to learn and easier to apply. It requires no databases or computer software . (But note that the purest application of TRIZ does not require databases or software.) Continue Reading “Unified structured inventive thinking”

Nominal technical group

The nominal technical group ( NGT ) is a group process involving problem identification, solution generation, and decision making. [1] It can be used in groups of many sizes, who wants to make their decision quickly, but only by voting, but wanting everyone’s opinions taken into account. [2] The method of tallying is the difference. First, every member of the group gives their view of the solution, with a short explanation. Then, duplicate solutions are eliminated from the list of all solutions, and the members proceed to rank the solutions, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on. Continue Reading “Nominal technical group”

Computer supported brainstorming

In computer supported brainstorming , team members contribute their ideas through electronic means either synchronously or asynchronously. The brainstorming software selected by the team mediates the individual interactions and helps to organize and shape the brainstorming session. [1] Computer supported brainstorming can be implemented using a wide variety of electronic technologies. Continue Reading “Computer supported brainstorming”

Creativity techniques

Creativity techniques are methods that encourage creative actions, whether in the arts or sciences. They focus on a variety of aspects of creativity, including techniques for idea generation and divergent thinking , methods of re-framing problems, changes in the affective environment and so on. They can be used as part of problem solving , artistic expression, or therapy. Continue Reading “Creativity techniques”