There are a variety of great tools available on the web today to use in the Creative Problem Solving Process. Below are a few of the tools that my class at UC Berkeley identified this past semester and used in creative problem solving.
Sites that provide numerous tools and techniques
Some sites are just great resources for a variety of problem-solving topics and techniques, such as:
- http://www.mindtools.com/ – great video and tools on creativity
- http://creatingminds.org/tools/tools_defining.htm – various tools, definitions, readings on creative problem solving process
- www.greggfraley.com – a great resource for problem solving tools
- http://www.innovationtools.com/ – a regular newsletter/blog on innovation/creativity
Tools for the Problem Solving Process
Here are some online tools that can be used during the collaborative process itself to enable groups to track their ideas, solutions and options:
- MindMeister – great online tool for mind-mapping
- Linoit- online sticky notes that you can use to group ideas in brainstorming
- Digital Dreamboard- lets you visualize an outcome or set up a dream or desired goal
- Group Systems- team collaboration tools for individual, small group or larger company innovation
- Evernote – allows you to track and organize group notes
- Wet Paint – easily create wiki that group can share to track the entire creative process
- Tag Crowd – use this tool to “converge” on a wide range of ideas that you have as a group – it organizes and allows you to group your responses
- Google docs – if all else fails, your team can always collaborate through the use of shared documents on Google !
I would be curious to hear about other tools not mentioned above!