Formulate Challenges is the third step of the Clarify stage in the Creative Problem Solving process. Its purpose is to sharpen awareness of the challenge and create challenge questions that invite solutions.
In this workshop, the team will go through:
A) A divergent phase to generate as many challenge statements as possible. To do so, they will use the Word Dance technique.
B) A convergent phase to select the one challenge that will be taken over to CPS - 4. Explore Ideas. To do so they will use the 3 "I"s technique.
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.
Let's formulate the challenge statement!
Each one of us should generate one single challenge statement and formulate it with one of the following invitational language stems:
Once done, share your statement with the others. Don't criticize yet, just try to clarify the meaning of each statement.
*Note: if you have done CPS step 1 - Explore the vision, you should take your wish as a reference to create your initial challenge statement.
Let's do a Word Dance!
First, take a look at your initial challenge statement and generate 2 lists of 5 alternate words or sentences:
Example: If your challenge is "How might we reinvent the hamburger?", you will have to find alternate words or sentences for both *"Reinvent" and "Hamburger"
Then, use these lists as inspiration to generate at least 5 alternate challenge statements. Formulate each one of them with one of the following invitational language stems:
Once done, move onto the next step.
Let's evaluate all our challenge statements around 3 criteria!
Let's step back and have a look at the different challenges!
Review the results:
Once done, take a little time to reflect on what we should do next.
Are we confident enough to agree and formulate our final challenge statement?
Congratulations, we have finished the third step of the CPS process!
Let's celebrate that by adding a third serie of steps to our little victory dance ;-)
Once done, we can plan a session for the fourth step of the CPS process: Explore Ideas.