SPA Conference session: Creativity in Practice

One-line description:Learning different methods that enhance creativity in problem solving...
Session format: Tutorial (150 mins) [read about the different session types]
You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

Creativity is important for problem solving in everyday business life. Ever so often we get stuck and can't break out of our rigid thinking pattern... and wish for a flash of creative brilliance...

... this is where creativity techniques come in.
In themselves they obviously do not solve the problem but they help connect to our inner creativity and especially in groups of people can effectively of connecting different, individual ideas in order to find a good solution.

On the other hand, creativity techniques are often used synonymously for chaos and aimless time-wasting. Maybe they sometimes are. But used in a structured way, methods for enhancing creativity can save time and be effective.
This session will be very interactive. We will start out with a problem and use a structured process of creative problem-solving to generate solutions to the problem. Through this the participants will learn about and put into practice several creativity techniques.
At the end I would like to spend some time evaluating how creativity techniques might be used to enhance productivity in software projects.

Aim of this session is

- to answer the questions what creativity techniques are and when and how they can be used effectively

- to introduce several creativity techniques

- to put several creativity techniques into practice during the session

- to evaluate how creativity techniques might be used to enhance productivity in software projects
Audience background:req. skills/knowledge: none
relevant jobs: team leaders, project managers, meeting leaders
Benefits of participating:- receive an overview over techniques for enhancing creativity
- put several creativity techniques into practice and so be able to evaluate whether and where they can be used in the personal every day business life
- have fun being creative ;-)
Materials provided:- overview of the creativity techniques introduced
Process:presentation, exercises, discussions, evaluation
Detailed timetable:
Outputs:- summary of the evaluation of whether and how creativity techniques can be used to enhance productivity in software projects
- Found solutions to the problem

- summary, poster at conference (?), mail to participants
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