Creative Problem Solving CPS

Creative Problem Solving CPS

Phase One

The Objective/ Mess Finding

Identify and select a problem, challenge, or some objective.

Fact Finding

List any and all relative facts: who, what, when, where, why and how.
Narrow down the number of ideas hits and hot spots

Problem Finding

Write down the problem's definition; it helps determine the nature of the solution: What is
the real problem or objective. Ie; In what way..., Why do I want...

Phase Two

Idea Finding

Brainstorming is a divergent thinking process: It involves the free flow of ideas. Ideas are recorded without criticism, judgement or evaluation. Each problem definition in the problem solving stage is brainstormed.

Phase Three

Solution Finding

Solution finding involves evaluating the ideas generated during brainstorming. Evaluation methods can involve assuming anothers point of view, or visualizing the facial expressions and body gestures of other evaluators as ideas are introduced.

Acceptance Finding

Acceptance finding Is the idea implementation process; this involves determining specific steps and time frames, anticipating potential problems by asking what's the worst thing that could happen, and considering who and what are the assisters and resisters. Assisters are the essential resources, best times and places, methods, key players. Resisters are the contrary people, missing materials, ineffective moods, bad timing, and bad locations.

Use Common Evaluation Criteria to assess ideas.

Evaluation Matrix: Each Idea is scrutinized and rated 1-5 using
common criteria. Evaluation criteria categories are then tallied;
the higher the score the better the idea.

Common Evaluation Criteria

Ideas - 1 2 3 4 5 - Score

Common Evaluation Criteria:

1. Is it moral or legal
2. Will it work
3. Ideas should be supported by related principles, theories and rules.
4. Are needed materials and technology available
5. Are the costs acceptable
6. Will the public accept it
7. Is it useful, or meet needs
8. Will administration accept it
9. Do those in authority have unique concerns

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