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Idea evaluation: the other side of the creativity coin

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The two parts of the ideation process

The whole process of producing ideas doesn't end when an idea is generated. Ideation should be followed by an evaluation part.

  • Idea generation: it means coming up different ways to solve a problem. The focus here is on quantity.

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The mysticism around ideation

In Greek mythology, there were the muses, who provided inspiration for creative ideas.

Now, even if we stopped believing in muses, we still think about the process of producing ideas as something magical, that we can cannot explain or control.

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"Idea generation could be thought of as a search for novelty, while its process partner, idea evaluation, might be thought of as an effort to make novel thinking practical, useful or relevant."

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Balancing idea generation with idea evaluation is critical to the creative process.

  • Set the criteria you'll use in your evaluation.
  • Gather the information you need and resist the temptation to rely solely on your intuition.

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