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Creative Problem-Solving Bootcamp

by Billy Grierson

Languages: English

Price (from): €2,500 / day

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About the trainer:

Billy spent more than 30 years in the chemical industry. Working globally for Ciba and BASF he developed an understanding of how companies fail to solve problems and what tools and techniques can be used to improve their success rate. These tools have been applied successfully across a wide range of industries (Chemical, Engineering, Water Treatment, Construction, Electronics, Oil, and Gas). Billy now has a consultancy called Perth Innovation. As the name suggests, it is based in Perth (Scotland) and delivers consultancy and training on all aspects of Innovation from identifying improvement opportunities to the successful completion of projects to capitalize on those opportunities.


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Creative Problem-Solving Bootcamp by Billy Grierson

About the training

#creative problem-solving   #problem-solving   #thinking_skills   #decision-making   #problem-analysis   #focus   #problem   #solution   #thinking

The workshop is based on a framework for creative problem-solving that has been developed over a period of 20 years. The framework is based around a gardening analogy (called The Concept Garden) as memory hooks, to help the users to remember what the tools are. Participants in the workshop are introduced to the Concept Garden Framework, some important concepts, and thinking tools and techniques that help to ensure that effective solutions are brought to the stage of implementation.

Most problem-solving is based on a “one-size-fits-all” approach. If a problem does not fit the process, then change the problem. THIS IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO APPROACH PROBLEMS. The Concept Garden approach involves using thinking tools and techniques to explore the problem before starting to try to find a solution. The ideation technique used will depend upon the details of the problem. Following on from ideation, there are a number of tools that help with the selection of the most interesting ideas and building them into viable concepts. In essence, The Concept Garden is a set of thinking tools that can be selected and adapted to fit the problem faced. In other words, if the problem doesn’t fit the method, change the method.

Duration: 2 days:
There is flexibility in how these two days can be delivered. It can be 2 consecutive days, 2
separate days with a gap of 1 to 2 weeks. It is also possible to run the workshop as 4 half days with gaps of 1 to 2 weeks between half-days, but this is less effective than the other alternatives.

9am to 5pm each day, with 20 minutes coffee/tea breaks in morning and afternoon, and 1hour lunch
break at around 12:30.

Participants will be given handouts as the workshop progresses and a full text “manual” will be
given in pdf format at the end of the workshop.

It is proposed that a short (1 to 2 hour) debrief session is held about 3 to 6 months after the final day
of the workshop, to allow the participants to give feedback on how effective the training has been.

Learning outcomes

Problem-solving skills

Participants will learn a variety of thinking tools to enhance their problem-solving capabilities

Robust solutions

The tools and skills learned will allow the participant to develop more effective and robust solutions to problems

Increased confidence

Enhancing their thinking skills will give the participants more confidence, not just in problem-solving, but also in their day to day work

Saved time

Using the thinking tools covered will allow the participants to develop robust solutions


  • Model 1: The standard seminar lasts 2 days, with the following agenda

  • DAY 1:

  • Introduction to problem-solving and The Concept Garden

  • Basic Tools (Focus, PMI)

  • Prepare – Understand the Problem (Objective Tree, Problem Space, Criteria)

  • Plant – Generate Possible Solutions (Brainwriting, SCAMPER)

  • DAY 2:

  • Thin – Select Viable Solutions (Scope, Simple Matrix, Pairwise Comparison)

  • Grow – Develop Ideas into Detailed Concepts (3 Hats, Virtual Implementation)

  • Harvest – Prepare Concepts for Implementation (Concept Memo, 5 Hows, DOIT)

  • Model 2: A 1-day version is also available, although this is less effective than the two day version:

  • Introduction to problem-solving and The Concept Garden, Basic Tools (Focus, PMI)

  • Prepare – Understand the Problem (Problem Space)

  • Plant – Generate Possible Solutions (Brainwriting)

  • Thin – Select Viable Solutions (Simple Matrix)

  • Grow – Develop Ideas into Detailed Concepts (3 Hats)

  • Harvest – Prepare Concepts for Implementation (Concept Memo, 5 Hows, DOIT)

  • During the bootcamp, handouts describing each of the tools will be given, and at the end, a full text manual for the bootcamp will be given in pdf format

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