Essential Resources for Creativity (163 techniques + 30 tips + books!)
Creativity and innovation thinking are topics that I have been searching recently. Below are those couple of sites’ resource links + some related recommended books that related to creativity and innovation. Techniques (163 of them!) by Mycoted should help you with creative thinking – those are the toolbox for you when you get stuck on developing your ideas.
Tips on Creativity by Gaping void is a list of how to be creative. This is the initial list for understanding what is creative and what are the ways you can gain creativity.
Finally I have gathered some references on books and audiobooks which are great for references on this topic.
Here are the lists:
- Alternative Scenarios
- Analysis of Interactive Decision Areas (AIDA)
- Anonymous voting
- Assumption surfacing
- Attribute listing (and variants)
- Backward Forward Planning
- Boundary examination
- Boundary relaxation
- Brain sketching
- Brain Writing
- Brain writing 6-3-5
- Brain writing game
- Brain writing pool
- Bug listing
- Bullet proofing
- Bunches of bananas
- Card story boards
- Cherry Split
- Circle of Opportunity
- Classic Brainstorming
- Collective notebook (CNB)
- Comparison tables
- Component detailing
- Concept Fan
- Consensus mapping
- Constrained brain writing
- Contradiction Analysis
- Controlling imagery
- Crawford slip writing
- Creative problem solving (CPS)
- Criteria for idea-finding potential
- Critical path diagrams (CPD)
- Decision seminar
- DO IT
- Dialectical approaches
- Dimensional analysis
- Estimate-discuss -estimate
- Exaggeration (magnify or minify)
- Factors in ‘selling’ ideas
- False Faces
- Fishbone diagram
- Five W’s and H
- Flow charts for action planning
- Focus groups
- Force-field analysis
- Force-fit game
- Free association
- ‘Fresh eye’ and networking
- Gallery method
- Gap analysis
- Goal orientation
- Greetings cards
- Help, hinder
- Heuristic ideation technique (HIT)
- Idea advocate
- Imagery for answering questions
- Imagery manipulation
- Imaginary Brainstorming
- Implementation checklists
- Improved nominal group technique
- Interpretive structural modeling
- Keeping a dream diary
- Kepner and Tregoe’s method
- Lateral Thinking
- Listing pros and cons
- Metaplan information market
- Mind mapping
- Morphological analysis
- Morphological Forced Connections
- Multiple redefinition
- Negative brainstorming
- Nominal group technique (NGT)
- Nominal-interacting technique
- Observer and merged viewpoints
- Osborn’s checklist
- Other people’s definitions
- Other people’s viewpoints
- Paired comparison
- Panel consensus
- Paraphrasing key words
- Personal balance-sheet
- Phases of integrated problem solving (PIPS)
- Pictures as idea triggers
- Pin cards
- PMI (Plus, Minus, Interaction)
- Plan Do Check Act (PDCA)
- Plusses, potentials and concerns
- Potential-problem analysis (PPA)
- Preliminary questions
- Problem-centred leadership (PCL)
- Problem Reversal
- Progressive hurdles
- Progressive revelation
- Quality circles
- Random stimuli of various kinds
- Rawlinson Brainstorming
- Receptivity to ideas
- Reframing values
- Relational words
- Role storming
- 7-Step Model
- Search conference
- Sequential-attributes matrix
- Similarities and Differences
- Simple rating methods
- Six Thinking Hats
- Slice and Dice
- Snowball technique
- Stakeholder analysis
- Sticking dots
- Stimulus analysis
- Story writing
- Strategic assumption testing
- Strategic choice approach
- Strategic management process
- Strategic Options Development and Analysis (SODA)
- Successive element integration
- Super Group®
- Super heroes
- SWOT Analysis
- Systematized Direct Induction (SDI)
- Technology Monitoring
- Think Tank
- Transactional planning
- Trigger Sessions
- Trigger method
- Using ‘crazy’ ideas
- Using experts
- Value brainstorming
- Value engineering
- Visual brainstorming
- Visualising a goal
- Who are you?
- ‘Why?’ etc. – repeatable questions
- Working with dreams and images
Tips to be creative:
- Ignore everybody.
- The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to change the world.
- Put the hours in.
- If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
- You are responsible for your own experience.
- Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
- Keep your day job.
- Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
- Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
- The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
- Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.
- If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.
- Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
- Dying young is overrated.
- The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.
- The world is changing.
- Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
- Avoid the Watercooler Gang.
- Sing in your own voice.
- 20. The choice of media is irrelevant.
- Selling out is harder than it looks.
- Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
- Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.
- Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.
- You have to find your own schtick.
- Write from the heart.
- The best way to get approval is not to need it.
- Power is never given. Power is taken.
- Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.
- The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.
Creativity Techniques – [Mycoted]
How to be Creative (latest version) – [gapingvoid]
The Breakout Principle: Maximize Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity and Personal Well-Being
A WHACK ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD : How You Can Be More Creative
Why Didn’t I Think of That? Think the Unthinkable and Achieve Creative Greatness
Planning Under Pressure: The Strategic Choice Approach (Urban and Regional Planning Series, Volume 37)
Broken Crayons: Break Your Crayons and Draw Outside the Lines
Strategies of Genius, Volume One, Volume Two
Techniques of Structured Problem Solving (General Business & Business Ed.)
Thinkertoys (A Handbook of Business Creativity)
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