6 Thinking Hats Method

Type of record:
  • Micro method
  • Creativity technique
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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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The method was developed by Edward de Bono in 1986 as Six Thinking Hats by De Bono.

This creativity technique is one of my big favorites. It is a kind of group discussion or you could also say role play. With the right people and in a relaxed round, it is not only

the potential of this technology is very great, but especially the fun factor. The participants take on different roles which are symbolized by hats in different colors.

Each hat corresponds to a particular characteristic way of thinking or perspective, which allows for efficient discussion or exchange about an idea or challenge and at the same time does not disregard any perspective.
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • Effective for highly complex challenges
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for medium complex challenges
  • Effective for radical innovations
  • P2 Analysis (problems - challenges - environment - people - products)
  • P4 Synthesize (create leading questions - take a stand)
  • P5 Idea Finding (ideation - idea generation - creative phase - incubation)
  • P7 Idea selection (voting - evaluation - filtering - deciding)
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