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Ideation flexibility is the ability to generate ideas in both incremental and radical ways.  This is a crucial skill for all engineers as they generate ideas to solve immediate problems and support long-term solutions.

Our research investigates the impacts of problem framing, the use of ideation tools, and ideation teaming on engineering ideation flexibility with the aim of creating guidelines and methods that will help engineers deliberately approach ideation differently. More Information

 

 

Problem Framing

Problem framing is the way a problem and its constraints are defined.

Problem framing is the way a problem and its constraints are defined.

Ideation Tools

Ideation tools consist of cognitive prompts that encourage the exploration of different ideas.

Ideation tools consist of cognitive prompts that encourage the exploration of different ideas.

Ideation Teaming

Ideation Teaming is about how to interact with others in the ideation process and the impact of cognitive style gaps on the outcomes.

Ideation Teaming is about how to interact with others in the ideation process and the impact of cognitive style gaps on the outcomes.