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12.6.9. Logic: Questioning


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Just asking questions is such a simple thing yet sometimes we forget to do it. And when we do ask questions about creative things, we forget to be creative in our questions. Using questions is a part of the logic cloud of rational things you can do while innovating.

Fig. 12.6 The logic cloud

Question everything. Adopting a questioning attitude allows you to discover new needs and penetrate known problems. Use the questioning methods of Chapter 1, such as SCAMPER, 5W1H and verb usage. The previous sections in this chapter have offered many questions. Here are a few more:

  • How can you change things? What verbs can you apply? List them. Use them.
  • Can you throw things away? Can you reuse them?
  • How can you make the harmful things useful? How can you turn problem into benefit?
  • How much do things cost? Could you use a cheaper alternative?
  • Can you use an intermediary item to fit between two incompatible parts?
  • Can it look after itself? Can more benefits happen during the normal course of events?
  • What is the value of each part? To what? How can value be increased?

Other parts of the logic cloud are:

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