How to extract new ideas from brainstorming techniques

Extracting new ideas from creative thinking techniques during brainstorming sessions is an art that combines observation, analysis, and imagination. Here’s a guide to effectively utilize these techniques to generate fresh ideas:

Processes for Extracting Ideas from a Stimulus

How to extract new ideas from brainstorming techniques

1. Extract a Concept or Principle from the Stimulus

  • Analysis: Understand how the stimulus works and what it achieves.
  • Observation: Note the order of its operation, the people involved, and the reasons behind its functionality.

2. Extract a Feature from the Stimulus

  • Physical Attributes: Examine its shape, structure, and the processes involved.
  • Crucial Factors: Identify key contributors to its success and the timing of events.

3. Extract a Positive Attribute from the Stimulus

  • Positive Analysis: Focus on what makes the stimulus effective.
  • Situational Strength: Determine the scenarios where the stimulus excels.

4. Extract Differences Between the Stimulus and Current Solution

  • Comparative Analysis: Analyze how the stimulus and the current solution differ in achieving similar goals.
  • Usage and Process Differences: Explore differences in physical characteristics, processes, and applications.

Merging and Reapplying

  • Integrate the Stimulus with Current Situation: Combine the stimulus with the current scenario and apply the same extraction techniques.
  • Use Your Imagination: This step is crucial for envisioning new possibilities and doesn’t require physical experimentation.
ideas generation when brainstorming

Physical Inclusion and Analysis

  • Direct Application: Force the application of the stimulus in the current scenario and extract ideas.
  • Mix and Analyze: Combine the stimulus with the current method and analyze the benefits.
  • Frame-by-Frame Examination: Study the process in detail to identify benefits at different stages.
  • Contextual Application: Consider different contexts like time, place, culture, or market where the merged solution could be beneficial.

Stimulus as a Question

  • Direct Answers: Respond to the question straightforwardly.
  • Diverse Responses: Answer in multiple ways and from different perspectives.
  • Behind the Question: Address the underlying principles or reasons for the question.
  • Broad and Detailed Answers: Provide both summarized and expanded responses.

By adhering to these guidelines and effectively employing creative thinking techniques, you ensure a constant flow of new and original ideas. This approach not only enhances brainstorming sessions but also fosters a culture of innovation and creative problem-solving.

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