Divergent thinking can be practiced
- Mind mapping helps your brain work by association. Start in the centre and add notes, connecting branches together.
- Brainstorming. Generate as many ideas as possible.
- Free writing. Focus on the question and write without stopping for a specified time.
- Journaling. It helps to clarify your thinking while producing new ideas.
- Art. Doodling, painting, creating graphs and illustrations will help you think outside the box.
- Role playing. Putting yourself in the shoes of a different character is a good way to practice divergent thinking.
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Having A Pre-Mortem Meeting
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