Principles to Apply Creative Problem Solving

Regardless of whether brainstorming or brainwriting procedures are used, there are other considerations involved in using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) methods. For companies that plan to use off-the-shelf programs or design their own in-house programs, there are certain rules of thumb that, if followed, can help maximize the benefit from CPS techniques. In this regard, the follow¬ing guidelines should prove useful. Continue reading

Creative Problem Solving and Innovation

Creative problem solving (CPS) is an idea whose time has come— once again. A popular topic in the 1950s and early 1960s, CPS faded from the scene as many users became disenchanted with the inconsistent results the then-existing methods seemed to produce. Now, however, CPS is being seen in a more positive light; more techniques have become available, and managerial problems have increased in both complexity and in scope.

A growing number of conferences, workshops, films, books, articles, newsletters and consultant services are available today for managers in¬terested in improving their CPS skills. Furthermore, the media have begun to emphasize the need for more creativity and innovation in Ameri¬can business and industry. Continue reading