Parallel Thinking

One Day • Instructor-led

Parallel thinking is a powerful tool used for team-based problem solving and brainstorming.  It promotes creativity and thinking “outside the box”.  This tool is based on Six Thinking Hats, a system designed by Edward de Bono, which provides a mechanism for managing meetings and group discussions making them more productive.  It is a structured technique that helps facilitate teams to approach problems or projects from different perspectives and by doing so to think together more effectively.

Course Outline

Define Parallel Thinking

The 6 Hats – 6 Types of Thinking

Data – The White Hat

  • Facts and Figures
  • Whose Fact Is It?
  • Japanese-style input
  • Facts, Truths and Philosophers
  • Who Puts on the Hat

Emotions – The Red Hat

  • Emotions and Feelings
  • The Place of Emotions in Thinking
  • Intuition and Hunches
  • Moment to Moment
  • The Use of Emotions
  • The Language of Emotions

Caution – The Black Hat

  • Cautious and Careful
  • Content and Process
  • The Past and the Future
  • The Problem of Overuse

Optimism – The Yellow Hat

  • Speculative-Positive
  • The Positive Spectrum
  • Reasons and Logical Support
  • Constructive Thinking
  • Speculation
  • Relation to Creativity

Creativity – The Green Hat

  • Creative Thinking
  • Lateral Thinking
  • Movement Instead of Judgement
  • The Need for Provocation
  • Alternatives
  • Personality and Skill
  • What Happens to the Ideas?

Management – The Blue Hat

  • Control of Thinking
  • Focus
  • Program Design
  • Summaries and Conclusions
  • Control and Monitoring

Benefits of the 6 Hats Method Apply 6 Hats Method of Problem Solving