Crossword Puzzle Technique

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 crossword puzzle technique is less an independent technique than a kind of vehicle to sensibly enrich another technique. The crossword puzzle can be combined with most brainstorming and brainwriting variations. By using the familiar crossword puzzle grid for all participants, the necessary relaxed atmosphere needed for a creative meeting is created very quickly.

In addition, it is very easy to arouse the athlete's athletic ambition, because when filling, one has to proceed SUDOKU-like and mobilize all one's grey cells. Due to the clear concentration performance, the otherwise so present day-to-day business very quickly fades into the background.

Let your imagination run wild and also use other relatives of the crossword puzzle, like the syllable puzzle. Here instead of the letters whole syllables are entered into the boxes.

Historical: The world's first crossword puzzle appeared on December 21, 1913 in the Christmas supplement of New York World newspaper and contained 31 search terms. It is said to have been invented by the Liverpool-born journalist Arthur Wynne. Wynne's crossword puzzle contained no black fields and was diamond-shaped. In the early 1920s, the first crossword puzzles were published in European newspapers and magazines. The first crossword puzzle in a German newspaper was printed by Berliner Illustrierte in 1925.
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for low complex challenges
  • Effective for medium complex challenges
  • P5 Idea Finding (ideation - idea generation - creative phase - incubation)
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