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Clarify the challenge (tools to support problem exploration and definition)

“If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and 5 minutes finding the solution.” Albert Einstein

Below are tools to support problem exploration and definition:

Web of Abstraction

Use this for making, broad, abstract challenges more specific and concrete. (Or to make challenges that are too narrow and specific become more broad and general). It helps the group decide on the apt level of abstraction needed for the task.

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Boundary Examination

Use this tool for isolating the most important parts of the problem and re-thinking these to change the focus of the problem itself.

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You can view all the videos available as part of the Creative Problem Solving Toolkit here.

Download the full Creative Problem Solving Toolkit

More detail on the theory of creative problem solving and information on a range of tools that can be used in the three elements of the framework are included within the full toolkit, which can be downloaded as a PDF: Creative Problem Solving Toolkit

Continue to Step two: Generate and Select Ideas