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6 Thinking Hats

The ideation tool Six-Thinking Hats is a group discussion in which the participants have pre-defined roles, which are represented by coloured hats. Each hat symbolizes a typical way of thinking. This results in a good and diverse discussion that reflects on different aspects of a solution/ idea.

Description

Step 1

First, the participants distribute the six roles.

Step 2

Now the participants start discussing the solution from the perspective of their respective roles and identify critical points or suggestions for improvement.

Step 3

At the end of the discussion the participants leave their roles and discuss the results together and define next steps.

 

Roles: white = analytical; red = emotional; black = critical; yellow = optimistic; green = creative, blue = structured

Benefit

With the help of this method already developed ideas and concepts can be examined critically from different perspectives and thus be further optimized.

Characteristics

Time required:

1 hour

Difficulty:

intermediate

Materials:

post-it’s, pens, metaplan wall

Participants:

Project Team

Phase

Develop,

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