Criteria for idea-finding potential

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The focus and content of a problem statement can be adjusted and developed in a variety of ways. However after the development stage it is valuable to ensure that the way it is expressed will support the workings of the problem solving method you are using.

Isakesen, Dorval and Treffinger (1994) developed this straightforward checklist, which is supportive of this procedure

  • Does it show the way to lots of ideas?
  • Is it the question about which you want to find ideas?
  • Does it locate the ownership clearly?
  • Is if affirmative in its orientations?
  • Is it free of criteria?
  • Is it stated briefly and clearly?

If the statement appears to falter on any criteria, perhaps you can modify it to reinforce its effectiveness for gathering ideas.

(See also the CATWOE criteria)