According to Edward de Bono, creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. De Bono and other experts think that everyone can learn to be more creative. They have developed a range of techniques for increasing people's creativity.
In this exercise you will use a tool called SCAMPER, developed by Robert Eberle. This tool is a set of questions you can ask yourself to help you think of new ideas.
SCAMPER stands for:
Substitute: What can I use instead of what I always use?
Combine: What can I combine or put together to do something in a new way?
Adapt: How can I change this?
Modify or Magnify: What can I add or make bigger?
Put to alternative uses: How can I use this differently?
Eliminate or Minimize: What can I reduce, remove or make smaller?
Reverse or Rearrange: What can be rearranged in some way?
Let's see how creative you can be.
Read the above list of SCAMPER questions. Use these questions to help you think of 3 ways to improve the way you make or do something.
Remember - there are no right or wrong answers in this exercise! You decide how good your new invention is.