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CHAPTER 3

4. Now write down your proposed solution to the problem. Be specific about what should be done and when. Be prepared to share that solution with other team members.

Team Assignment—Creative Problem Solving (15 minutes)

1. Now form a team of four or five people. Each team member should share his or her own definition of the problem. It is unlikely that they will all be the same, so make sure you keep track of them. Now add at least three more plausible defini- tions of the problem. In doing so, use at least two techniques for expanding prob- lem definition discussed in the text. Each problem definition should differ from the others in what the problem is, not just a statement of different causes of the problem.

2. Now examine each of the definitions you have proposed. Select one that the entire team can agree on. Since it is unlikely that you can solve multiple problems at once, select just one problem definition that you will work on.

3. Share the four or five proposed solutions that you generated on your own, even if they don’t relate to the specific problem your team has defined. Keep track of all the different alternatives proposed by team members. After all team members have shared their alternatives, generate at least five additional alternative solu- tions to the problem you have agreed on. Use at least two of the techniques for expanding alternatives in the text.

4. Of all the alternatives your team proposed, select the five that you consider to be the most creative and having the highest probability of success.

SOLVING PROBLEMS ANALYTICALLY AND CREATIVELY

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