Archive for the Problem Solving Category

Mar 13 2013

SCAMPER for Collections – Conclusion

Over the last 20 years I’ve learned to love the process of problem solving.  Whether by trouble-shooting, finding out-of-the-box alternatives, or building something new to fit a need, I just love the process and the outcome.  In fact I’ve made a study of it over the years.  I thought it might be interesting to apply some of the lessons and tools I’ve picked up over the years to the fascinating world of collections.  I hope you find this information helpful. – Shaffer Buttars

Continuing our article on SCAMPER, let’s examine ‘Eliminate’ and ‘Rearrange.  You can see the first part of the article here, and the second part here.

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Mar 11 2013

SCAMPER for Collections – Part 2

Over the last 20 years I’ve learned to love the process of problem solving.  Whether by trouble-shooting, finding out-of-the-box alternatives, or building something new to fit a need, I just love the process and the outcome.  In fact I’ve made a study of it over the years.  I thought it might be interesting to apply some of the lessons and tools I’ve picked up over the years to the fascinating world of collections.  I hope you find this information helpful. – Shaffer Buttars

Continuing our article on SCAMPER, let’s examine ‘Adapt’, ‘Modify’, and ‘Put to another use’.  You can see the first part of the article here.

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Mar 7 2013

SCAMPER for Collections – Part 1

Over the last 20 years I’ve learned to love the process of problem solving.  Whether by trouble-shooting, finding out-of-the-box alternatives, or building something new to fit a need, I just love the process and the outcome.  So much so, that I’ve made a study of it over the years.  I thought it might be interesting to apply some of the lessons and tools I’ve picked up to the fascinating world of collections.  I hope you find this information helpful. – Shaffer Buttars

Finding alternatives is one of the most effective ways to solve a problem.  It’s rare that we come up with a solution that is entirely unique and new, usually they are tweaks and modifications to things that are already kind-of working.

Sometimes alternatives occur to us immediately, without much effort on our part, often when we least expect it.  However, sometimes we have to be more pro-active in our search for answers.  I’ve found SCAMPER to be a very effective tool to methodically find alternative solutions to problems, especially when I need to find them on my time, and not wait for something to occur to me.

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