Hurson’s Productive Thinking Model: Solving Problems Creatively
“The advantage of this model over other problem-solving approaches is that it encourages you to use creative and critical thinking skills at each stage of the problem-solving process. This means that you can take a well-rounded look at a problem, and you can come up with better potential solutions.”
“The model presents a structured framework for solving problems creatively. You can use it on your own or in a group.”
The model consists of six steps, as follows:
- Ask: “What is going on?“
- Ask: “What is success?”
- Ask: “What is the question?”
- Generate answers.
- Forge the solution.
- Align resources.
The Productive Thinking Model was developed by author and creativity theorist, Tim Hurson, and was published in his book Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking (2008), McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.