Idea generation: ‘Osborn’s Checklist’ template

New ideas tend to arise from combining or altering existing elements. Alex Osborn, a creative theorist coming from the advertisement industry and the originator of the brainstorming technique, therefore created a complete checklist containing many possibilities to change an existing idea or product into new ideas, whether close or far from the initial idea. This idea creation technique is called Osborn’s Checklist, also known as SCAMPER, which letters refer to the actions Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Magnify, Put to other use, Eliminate and Rearrange. This template offers a version of the checklist that is very easy to apply with the Manual Thinking material, the format being apt for both individual and teamwork.

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Step 1: Download & print the template on a sheet of Manual Thinking’s large labels

Step 2: Place an initial idea, product or object in the center of the map and stick the labels of the template around

Step 3: Convert the initial product or idea into new ideas, using the actions described in the template. Try to find at least 2-3 ideas for each stage and draw them on big labels which you place around the checklist.manual thinking template osborn checklist example map

Osborn, A.F. Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem Solving, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1953 (page: Alex Faickney Osborn. Sept. 2013)

Organization: ‘Tasks in time’ template

Manual Thinking can serve as an ideal support to organize tasks, whether for teams or for individuals. This template provides an easy and effective way to organize your tasks by times, separating small tasks for immediate execution, tasks and projects to be completed during the day, week or month, tasks that are currently on hold, and projects to be fulfilled in the future. The labels allow you to move (and eventually remove) the tasks from less to more urgent. Colors can be used to link various tasks deriving from the same project, or to represent the person in charge of the task.

Download the template hereManual Thinking template tasks in time

Step 1: Download & print the template on a sheet of Manual Thinking large labels

Step 2: Place a central theme on the map and stick the printed labels around it.

Step 3: Note your tasks on labels and cluster them by times. Remove the label when a task is finished!

Manual Thinking template tasks in time example