Category: Creative Thinking

  • Yokoten: Sharing of Best Practices

    Also known as Horizontal Deployment and Sideways Expansion. Variants include Suggestion System. A Best Practice is that practice that has been proved to produce the best results consistently. It is the best-known way of doing something and has the potential to be replicated internally and externally. Best practices normally represent creative solutions to common and everyday problems. […]

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    Yokoten: Sharing of Best Practices
  • Relationship Mapping

    A Relationship Map is a visual display that shows the relationships between individual items. It allows to see and analyze the logical links between the different elements of any situation. A simple example of a relationship map is your network of personal and social relations. Another example is what is called the Interrelationship Digraph which […]

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    Relationship Mapping
  • Fishbone Diagram

    Also known as Ishikawa Diagram, Cause and Effect Diagram and Fishbone Analysis. Variants include Tree Diagram. A fishbone diagram is one of the various tools that can be used to perform a cause-and-effect analysis. It provides a structured way to identify and organize the potential causes of a problem (or effect). It allows to establish and […]

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    Fishbone Diagram
  • SWOT Analysis

    Also known as Situational Analysis and TOWS. Variants include Porter’s Five Forces Analysis and 5C Analysis. SWOT analysis is a structured planning tool for reviewing and assessing the position and health of an organization. It allows the organization to look deeply within itself to understand the factors that influence its ability to achieve its goals. […]

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    SWOT Analysis
  • The Three Common Types of Flowcharts

    Also known as Flow Diagram, Activity Flowchart, Process Diagram. Variants include Process Sequence Chart. A flowchart is a graphical tool that illustrates the flow of a business process and the relationships between its activities. It allows to break up any process into individual activities and see how they fit together. The simplicity of flowcharts makes […]

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    The Three Common Types of Flowcharts
  • Mind Mapping

    Also known as Idea Mapping, Spider Diagram and Spray Diagram. Variants include Concept Mapping and Unified Modeling Language. Think about the last time you have taken notes during a meeting or an interview. You may have felt overwhelmed by all the ideas and actions to be taken. You may even have worried that you would […]

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    Mind Mapping
  • Affinity Diagram

    Also known as Affinity Mapping, Affinity Grouping, and KJ Analysis. Variants include Theming Technique and Classification Analysis. An affinity diagram is a grouping method for classifying items together into meaningful categories. It is often used to capture and group the output of brainstorming and problem-solving meetings in order to provide better understanding of the topic […]

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    Affinity Diagram
  • How-How Diagram

    Also known as How-How Analysis and Value Driver Analysis. Once you have identified a problem, you need to find a solution that will permanently solve the problem. Oftentimes you have to get to the root cause of the problem to understand why it’s happening; and this is where Six Sigma can help. Other times, you […]

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    How-How Diagram