“Sir, what’s your opinion on this new development on the ability to consume delicious peanut butter? Stop-Start-Continue – Review the way you completed your project and pick activities you should stop (things you did on this project that you don’t think are necessary for future projects), start (things you didn’t do on this project but that you should do on future projects) and continue (things you did on the project that you should do on future projects). START finding snacks to eat while waiting to get to the solution.
It’s 6 o’clock in the evening, your little one wants to watch that cartoon that they just love (and you dread).
Use basic language and simple metaphors if necessary. “There’s yummy-ness in this jar that I want to get out.” Problem solving activities that help you generate a list of possible solutions that will solve your problem*: #5. When someone offers up an idea, everyone emphatically says “Yes! After you have a long list, go back through and see which ones may not be all that dumb.
” and then the group continues to generate ideas, often building off the last idea that was just offered. (as Gandhi) “I will go on a hunger strike until the jar is ready to be open.” #8.
They just learned that they can stretch their arm out to touch the toy.
They learned that they reach out with their arms to get that toy.
Establish key milestones and dates in reverse order, starting with the end-of-project celebration and ending with today. You can a create physical mock-up using the various supplies in your office or a virtual mock-up using images from around the web. Establish rules for how you earn points, create badges to celebrate milestones and track game progress. For each squeeze of the PB Gripper, you get 1 point.
Eat delicious PB&J sandwich (5pm), Make delicious PB&J sandwich (pm), Open Peanut Butter Jar (pm), Build up grip strength (), … 100 points earns you the Gripper Badge, 500 points earns you a pudding cup.
Then cut it down to 20 words; then to 10, then finally to only 5 words. Dumbest Idea First – Hold a contest to get the dumbest idea out first.
These 5 words are the root of your problem (and likely the root of your solution as well). Explain Life I’m Five – Explain your problem as if you were talking to a 5-year old kid. Encourage everyone to think of the absolute dumbest possible solutions to the problem.