Opposite thinking

This is tool asks you to familiarize with the opposite side of things, to stretch the horizon of possibilities.
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What is this for?

Opposite thinking will help your team to challenge their assumptions about the problem and possible solutions and come up with non-obvious ideas.

Opposite thinking is more than just an ideation tool, it’s a mindset that you should try to apply throughout your innovation journey.

Step-by-step guide.

Step 1

Individually list 2 assumptions you have about the problem your are trying to solve or about solutions that you have in mind (10 min). 

Step 2

Share your assumptions and add them in the left column of the opposite thinking template (10 min). 

Step 3

Individually pick an assumption and define one or two opposite realities in the second column (5min). 

Step 4

Individually think about these new realities, how it affects your problem and add potential solutions to the third column (5min). 

Step 5

Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 until you have identified opposite realities and potential solutions for all assumptions (10 min). 

Tip: Don’t hesitate to build upon the opposite realities or proposed solutions of your team members!

Step 6

Review all proposed solutions as a team and build on each other ideas 
(20 min). 

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