Simplex Innovative Thinking Process

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Simplex Innovative Thinking Process

STEP 1: Fuzzy Situation
DIVERGE: List possible issues that you might like to resolve The garage is disorganized.
The appearance of the garage is junky.
The dusty environment from sawing in the house or even the garage is not acceptable. Leaving equipment used for sawing or grinding outside is not acceptable, either.

CONVERGE: Choose the issue that you will take through the process How might we more effectively organize the garage?

STEP 2: Fact Finding
DIVERGE: Use the questions to help you bring out the facts – you do not need to type the questions and REMEMBER this is diverging you need to push yourself to bring out multiple answers to each of the fact finding questions.

The likely functions of the garage are storage, work area.
The necessary items needing storage include 1 auto, 4 bicycles, lawn mower and other gardening tools and materials, camping gear, tools and equipment for home repair and maintenance. The common functions include grinding, polishing, and sawing which create lots of dust. The uses for the garage in the past year include major kitchen remodeling, surfboard repair, furniture stripping and staining. There are many items used infrequently but are needed for home and yard maintenance such as the chain saw, and hedge trimmer. A major problem is the large number of items in the category of “I might need to use that someday.” I don’t know what items are stored in the garage that can be disposed of or given away. I would like to know how other people organize their spaces. I keep looking for misplaced items. This is a problem because it is frustrating and wastes time. It is difficult to complete a project. I have to keep going back and forth to the garage to assemble the tools and materials to complete a project. We cannot get the rake out or the lawnmower out because there is too much in the way of the exit, mainly the bicycles and the leftover kitchen cabinets. The workbench is more of a storage area for the machines rather than a useful surface to work on. I have already organized the garage but it quickly becomes disorganized with each new project that is of immediate importance. Organizing the garage to be functional, control the dust and store only what is necessary would improve our attitude toward home maintenance and free up time. I assume it’s up to me rather than hiring an outside company to take care of it.

CONVERGE: Choose what you believe are the 5 or 6 most important (key) facts from the diverged list I have not organized my garage effectively.
I don’t know how other people organize their spaces.
I don’t know what items are stored in the garage that can be disposed of or given away. I don’t know how to set up a dust control system.
I assume it’s up to me rather than hiring an outside company to take care of it.

STEP 3: Problem Definition
DIVERGE: List of How Might I? (HMI) challenges based on the key facts HMI be better organized?
HMI plan the layout of an organized garage?
HMI know what storage items I can dispose of?
HMI set up a dust control system?
HMI work more efficiently on projects?
HMI accomplish more in less time?
HMI reduce the number of mistakes?
HMI identify what is preventing me from better organization? HMI identify what will have the greatest impact on successful organization? CONVERGE: Choose the HMI that you feel is the one you would choose to map HMI plan the layout of an organized garage?

DIVERGE: Using the questions listed on the facilitator sheet, develop a map of possible challenges (remember it must have branches why else and what else is stopping – look at examples of maps in workbook pp 24, 25 and 27 and in text, chs 6 and 15)

To make us happy

To make us happy

Better health makes us happy

Better health makes us happy

Neat and clean spaces make my wife happy

Neat and clean spaces make my...
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