6 Thinking Pencils


Interesting post here on GAGARIN

This idea is based on de Bono’s ‘6 thinking hats’ method to creative critical thinking. In this case colour pencils are used as a tool for coding comments generated during brainstorms by the participants.

Each participant selects one pencil and then approaches the discussion with a mindset matching the pencil’s colour. By switching pencils the participants systematically redirect their thoughts on the subject. This ensures that the group thinks together in a focused manner.

Data, facts, information known or needed.

Why something may work.

Feelings, hunches, gut instinct and intuition.

Potential problems. Why something may not work.

Creativity, possibilities, alternatives,solutions and new ideas.

Managing the thinking process, focus, next steps and action plans.

I hate the complexity of this (‘Am I holding the right colour pencil?’, ‘what if what I have to say applies to more than one colour?’), as this places a barrier in front of the flow of idea generation; but I like the thought organisation sentiment.

Perhaps it would be better to capture the thinking first and then classify it, by colour if you wish? But I guess the idea is that any bias in the ideas generated (by colour propensity) reveals the need for more suggestions to be provided in certain areas. Ensuring more balanced and considered comments are provided for each idea generated during the brainstorm session. But great ideas, or bad ones, can be over-analysed in group think.

No Responses Yet to “6 Thinking Pencils”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: