Five-Minute Thinking

Type of record:
  • Creativity technique
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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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The five-minute thinking method can both identify concrete solutions and show where the problem still needs to be sharpened or a topic needs to be narrowed down.

According to inventor Edward de Bono, it is important that the time for each section is precisely adhered to. For even if a minute is often perceived as very short or too short, this can represent a felt long period of time in conscious thinking. In addition, it is primarily intended to think, i.e. not to write down the ideas developed here.
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for low complex challenges
  • P5 Idea Finding (ideation - idea generation - creative phase - incubation)
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