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A particularly useful problem solving technique is to see a given problem from the point of view of a 10 year old. This view point usually helps to simplify both problems and solutions and as a result creates clarity. It is also a form of devil’s advocate analysis; if you cannot describe your products or problems to a 10 year old, you may need to work harder to increase your understanding of the problem.
Consider the problems you are reviewing from the point of view of a 10 year old.
Explaining the Exercise: 2 minutes
Activity: 5 min selecting topic + (10 min asking questions * 2) + 5 min analysis = 30 min minutes
Group Feedback: 10 minutes
How effective was this method? What areas were covered this way that you have not covered using traditional brainstorming techniques? Why adopting this view helps to clarify problems? In what other ways can you use this technique?
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