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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Tool 54

Starbursting

What the tool is

Like Tough questions (see Tool 2), Starbursting is a team activity that ensures that all the right questions are asked before any solutions are explored. Often, an apparently silly question opens up a whole new series of questions. When Starbursting works well, the person posing the question realises that they have much more work to do before attempting to find a solution or that the problem is more complex than they had imagined.

When to use it

  • Before attempting to find a solution to a complex issue with many sub-strands.

What you will need

  • Flipchart paper and marker pens or paper and pens (depending upon the number of participants).

How to use it

You can use this technique on your own, but ...

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