Broadening Problem-Solving Skills

 

As a professional technologist, have you ever been invited to serve on one of your companys ad hoc problem-solving teams? Do you have the brainstorming skills to be effective on such a team? Many technological and business issues arise in companies and spur management to assemble temporary teams of recognized problem solvers to brainstorm a given issue and produce as many solution concepts as possible in a brief period. If you saw the following ad could you respond with confidence?

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Wanted * * * * * * * * * * * * *

* Creative technologists with experience in invention *

* Include a list of your patents in resume *

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If not, you could by learning unified structured inventive thinking (USIT).

 

Expand your problem-solving skills and your value to a company as a reliable innovator in problems of all types.

 

Learn how to create unusual thinking paths by

        reducing a problem to its generic essence;

        rapidly analyzing it in terms of interacting objects, their attributes and the functions they support at metaphorical points of contact;

        minimizing the number of objects in order to isolate individual problems;

        finding plausible root causes;

        finding unusual insights and converting these into new thought paths engaging both brain hemispheres; and

        finding multiple solution concepts through a variety of graphic metaphors.

 

This is the pre-engineering phase of problem solving where rapid brainstorming produces solution concepts from a variety of heuristics (mental problem-solving devices). Mathematics and technical specifications are not required in this phase.

 

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