The Osborne-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process

The steps guide the creative process. They tell you what to do at each immediate step in order to eventually produce one or more creative, workable solutions. A unique feature is that each step first involves a Divergent thinking phase in which one generates lots of ideas (facts, problem definitions, ideas, evaluation criteria, implementation strategies), and then a Convergent thinking phase in which only the most promising ideas are selected for further exploration. Click on the figure for a larger view.