Design Thinking Toolkit

Brainstorming with SCAMPER

We all know and love good ol' brainstorming (or maybe we don't... read more about my on-again-off-again relationship with brainstorming, just click here), and - when done correctly - it can bring amazing results. But brainstorming is not the only technique to produce...

Tool: Elephant in the Room (creativity warm-up)

This exercise is a whole ton of fun! It can be a great break exercise, but it also serves a purpose, quite a few actually: + Helps to take the mind of the current issue. + Introduces a little bit of fun. + Taps into the kid-like approach. This exercise can...

Tool: Five Whys (root causes)

The story behind this technique is really simple. Anyone who has kids already knows this, and if you do you probably smirked at such a situation at the shops one time or another. For some reason the older we get, the more we forget! Young wee kids don't...

Tool: Lightning Decision Jam (problem-solving)

I'll risk saying there is no one who never suffered through a lengthy and disorganized brainstorming meeting that, all in all, ended up with no decision at all. Rings a bell? Yeah! And even with me using design thinking (what I mean here is I can use tips,...

So you brainstormed… now what?

Well, there you are. You've just run a successful (or was it... buahahaha [insert evil laugh]) brainstorming session (and you can read about my semi-hatred towards brainstorming, just click here, lol) that saw no arguments, no bias, but tons of ideas! Now...

Brainstorming SUCKS. Is there something better?

Well, OK, "SUCKS" in all caps might be a strong word. But there, I said it: I do not like brainstorming, almost "hate it with the fire of a thousand suns." This widely used technique (well, semi-wildly, as quite often I see it being misused, actually),...