Explore the SIT method
The traditional view of creativity is that it doesn’t follow rules or patterns. That you need to think outside the box, brainstorming without constraint, until you find a solution. In fact, the opposite is true. Creative ideas hide inside the box.
Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT) is a proven method of creativity that is teachable to anyone. It can be applied to anything that you want to innovate.
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Inside the Box by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg
Inside the Box shows that more innovation — and better and quicker innovation — happens when you work inside your familiar world using a set of techniques that channel the creative process in a way that makes us more — not less — creative.
Systemic Inventive Thinking (SIT)
SIT is an innovation method that harnesses five thinking patterns that mankind has used for thousands of years.
Surprisingly, the majority of new, inventive, and successful products result from just five patterns: subtraction, division, multiplication, task unification and attribute dependency. These patterns form the basis of SIT.
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Closed World Principle
The Closed World Principle states that we should only use elements that exist in the system or environment when we are trying to solve a problem.
Traditional creativity and innovation methods push you outside the closed world, the resources you have on hand, to look for solutions. The Closed World Principle, as discovered by our colleague, Dr. Roni Horowitz, is a key part of the SIT method.
Types of Patterns
The SIT Method uses the following patterns to help increase innovation and creativity in teams and individuals.
Sometimes more comes from less.
The Subtraction Technique encourages innovators to remove something from an existing product or service. This is often something that was previously thought to be essential to the product or service, but removing it could help.
Divide and innovate.
Using the Division Technique, many creative products and services have had a component divided out of them and placed somewhere else in the usage situation, usually in a way that initially seemed unproductive or unworkable.
If one is good, two is better.
With the Multiplication Technique, a component has been copied but changed in some way, usually in a way that initially seemed unnecessary or odd.
Take multitasking to a whole new level.
With some creative products and services, certain tasks have been brought together and unified within one component of the product or service – usually a component that was previously thought to be unrelated to that task.
If this, then that.
In many innovative products and services, two or more attributes that previously seemed unrelated now correlate with one another. As one thing changes, something else changes.
Apply the SIT Method
Leverage the method and get creative.
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Innovation Is a Skill That Can Be Learned Like Any Other Skill
Empower employees to see innovation in a different light, where anyone can contribute effectively.
A Flowing Innovation Pipeline Is Central to an Organization’s Success
A best practice at Fortune 100 companies is to see the front end of the innovation pipeline not as fuzzy, but as crystal clear.
Everyone Has the Capacity to Be Creative
When you intentionally call upon your creative side, you’ll realize that it can be summoned.
Creating an Innovative New Product Is Only Half the Battle
Even with the greatest gadget in the world, you still have to convince your customers to buy it.
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