O'Reilly logo

The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Tool 29

Challenging assumptions

What the tool is

This is a simple and powerful creative tool. List everything you know about something familiar, then treat every statement as an assumption, finding alternatives to the apparently obvious.

When to use it

  • When you feel constrained by a system or process.
  • When you feel that a design is becoming old and tired.

What you will need

  • Flipchart and marker pens.

How to use it

  1. Ask the group to call out everything that they know about the current object of the discussion. What are the attributes of the current version? List each answer on a flipchart.
  2. Now ask them to consider that none of these attributes is real nor cast in stone – each is simply assumed to be real.
  3. For each attribute listed, ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required