Gather Data is the second step of the Clarify stage of the Creative Problem Solving process. Its purpose is to describe and generate data to enable a clear understanding of the challenge.
In this activity, the team will use the Know / Wonder technique to identify what they know and what we wonder about our challenge. Then they need to take time to gather the missing data.
About the CPS process.
There are many models of the Creative Problem Solving process. Though, as recommended by the Creative Education Foundation, Stormz has chosen to focus on an evolution of the Osborn-Parnes CPS called the CPS Learner’s Model.
The basic structure is comprised of four stages with a total of six explicit process steps. Each of these process steps is available in Stormz as a template.
In the previous step of the CPS process (Step 1 - Explore Vision), we identified our most important wish.
Now, we need to gather as much data as possible!
So let's list:
Don't forget to follow these rules:
Not all the data has the same importance...
Let's select the data that is really critical to our challenge!
Review both the knows and the wonders and give 1 to 3 points to:
You can also comment on your choice.
Let’s make a plan to collect the missing data!
Let’s have a look at the most important items:
You can also comment and vote on the different actions.
Once the action plan is done, you can move on to the next step.
For your information, there are many ways to collect data. For example, you can:
Let’s collect our missing data!
We can now implement the plan and collect the data.
As soon as we have new knowledge, we can add new cards or update existing cards with more information.
Important! Sometimes, you will see that with new knowledge there are new questions. This is OK and is, in fact, a very good sign, just add the wonders and collect data again.
As soon as you feel that you have enough knowledge, move on to the next step.
Congratulations, we have finished the second step of the CPS process!
Let's celebrate that by adding a second serie of steps to our little victory dance ;-)
Once done, take a little time to reflect on what we should do next.
Are we still OK with our wish statement?