While some inventors experience a flash of inspiration during an “A-HA!” moment of creativity, problem solving is more technical and involves a process of working through six steps to find the perfect solution to your dilemma. The steps are flexible and may be adapted to fit various types of problems. You may not spend equal time on each step but each is equally important.
Brainstorming is fun. Gather a group of people, present the problem, share the known information, and start throwing ideas and solutions against the wall to see what sticks. The goal is to share as many ideas as possible, no matter how far out they may initially sound, without fear of judgment. Those ideas may then be combined, stretched, and played with in multitudes of variations—or they may inspire yet another, even better idea. Here are some tips to help make your next brainstorming session productive.
Since the dawn of the industrial area, manufacturers have utilized what is commonly known as “subtractive manufacturing” to produce products. That means in order to make a widget, they would take a lump of material and put it through a process to take away (subtract) parts of it until it looked like a widget. Think of a sculptor staring at a large hunk of stone and thinking, “Somewhere in there is my masterpiece!” and then whittling away to create a statue of a beautiful woman.
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New inventions can sprout from the most unlikely of sources—and the oddest of places. The modern toothbrush was not invented by a dentist in a hygiene laboratory but by a prisoner serving time in an English prison in the late 1700s with a need for cleaner teeth.
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"An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started." - Tim O’Reilly
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