Thinkx, also known as the "Productive Thinking" model, is a step by step process used to produce creative ideas or to solve problems. I've always been interested in "thinking models", used some of them for a while, but never been disciplined enough to find out how effective they might be.
There are six steps to Thinkx, which was developed by Tim Hurson, a Canadian speaker and author.
Step One: What's Going On? I think i find step one to be the most difficult. There are five mini-steps that you need to follow:
- What's the itch? Come up with a list of opportunities or problems, then look for commonality and patterns to determine one main issue.
- What's the impact? Take a closer look at the issue and determine how it affects me.
- What's the information? Look at all angles of the opportunity or problem.
- Who's involved? Me...and?
- What's the vision? What would change if the problem were solved or the opportunity realized?
- Do - what do i want the solved problem or the realized opportunity, to do.
- Restrictions - what don't i want the solved problem or the realized opportunity, to do.
- Investment - what resources can be invested.
- Values - what values do i need to live by.
- Essential outcomes - what are they.
Step Four: Generate Answers by Brainstorming. Come up with a list of possible solutions to the problem or to make the opportunity a reality. Choose one of these solutions for further development, or a combine several.
Step Five: Forge the Solution. Once again a tool is used for this step...P.O.W.E.R.
- Positives - list what's good about the answer.
- Objections - what's bad about the answer.
- What else? - think of things the solution reminds me of.
- Enhancements - how can i make what's good about the answer, even better.
- Remedies - take the list of what's bad and find ways to make things better.
- Give myself timelines and milestones.
- Make lists of people i need to involve i this.
- Make lists of issues that will need more work.