Idea Creation Tools

Use tools like these when you want to come up with new ideas or organize many ideas:

Affinity Diagram: Organizes a large number of ideas into their natural relationships.

Benchmarking: A structured process for comparing your organization’s work practices to the best similar practices you can identify in other organizations, and then incorporating the best ideas into your own processes.

Brainstorming: A method for generating a large number of creative ideas in a short period of time.

Nominal Group Technique: A structured method for group brainstorming that encourages contributions from everyone.

Excerpted from Nancy R. Tague’s The Quality Toolbox, Second Edition, ASQ Quality Press, 2004.

More Resources for Idea Creation

Quality Tools to Discover Solutions: Nine Windows
When you’re looking for ways to break out of a mindset and spark innovation, use nine windows.

Dancing Around Innovation
Struggling with idea creation? Use BOSSA NOVA as an acronym to help with brainstorming new ideas.


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