Creative Block? Then SCAMPER!
Has a creative block stopped you progressing with an idea? Not sure of the way forward? Then the SCAMPER technique is a good way to break down the walls stopping your creativity flow.
When your imagination is blank, take an existing item and manipulate it into a new idea.
SCAMPER is a checklist of idea-spurring questions. Some of these questions were first suggested by Alex Osborn, a pioneer teacher of creativity. They were later arranged by Bob Eberle into this mnemonic.
Combine it with something else.
Adapt something to it.
Modify or Magnify it.
Put it to some other use.
Reverse or Rearrange it.
To use SCAMPER:
- Isolate the challenge or subject you want to think about.
- Ask SCAMPER questions at each step of the challenge or subject you want to think about and see what new ideas emerge. Don’t judge the ideas as they emerge, let them flow.
SCAMPER can be applied to your invention idea from yesterday’s creative clinic, or how to improve your selling technique, or the design of a new product. Its usefulness is embedded in its versatility.
Alternatives are provocative and force you to overcome your cliched pattern of thinking.
~Creative Clinic 7