PrOp Cognitive Problem Solving Method

IdeaBase sessions integrate the PrOp Cognitive Problem Solvinig Method which is inspired by design-thinking and was perfected during over 200 on-site sessions for leading Fortune 500 companies. This 3-step method emphasizes focused collaborative thinking rather than mind-mapping or similar graphical approaches.

Lesson 1: PrOp Method Overview

Break Down The Problem/Opportunity

Define and describe different aspects of the issue from the perspective of each participant. List each element of the problem/opportunity like needs, root problem causes, process steps, barriers to success, product musts, etc. Focus on each item listed and generate ideas.

Lesson 2: Breaking Problems Down

Use Powerful Creativity Tools

Think outside the box by using the included creative thinking tools.

  • Analogies – Who or what does something related to your issue
  • Principles – How things work or function, rules, physical laws related to your issue
  • What If questions – Put reality on hold and speculate with fellow participants

Lesson 3: Thinking Ouside The Box

Capture & Refine Ideas

Build on initial ideas and generate more ideas. Rate ideas and refine the best ideas with additional information and documentation.

Lesson 4: Recieving & Refining Ideas