Thursday, February 4, 2010

Week 5+6: Tools for Ideation

This week, we are going to cover a little bit on some of the tools that can be used for Ideation (and Brainstorming). Ideation is an important component for any problem solving situations as it allows one to look at possible solutions, and then after considering all possibilities, is then able to make a decision on the most appropriate solution/s. In previous lessons, we have learnt 2 tools that could also be used in an 'Ideation' context, namely the 'PIES' and '5W+1H' methods. For the next fortnight, I'll be covering 3 types of ideation techniques that you can use to generate ideas, and possibly solutions. They are:
  • Morphological Analysis
  • Shape Borrowing techniques
  • SCAMPER (which is the acronym for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to other use, Eliminate, and Rearrange/Reverse)
Please do some basic research on these methods before my presentation so that we can go through some activities and exercises in class.

FYI, the diagram below gives you a good idea of how the problem solving process (and the project) is supposed to developed across the entire Semester.

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