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Nine Questions

Bits and Pieces, February, 1990, p. 20

Years ago a professor at Stanford devised a check lest of nine questions that can be applied to any problem. Used as a self-quiz, the questions spur imagination. They are:

1. Is there a new way to do it?

2. Can you borrow or adapt?

3. Can you give it a new twist?

4. Do you merely need more of the same?

5. Less of the same?

6. Is there a substitute?

7. Can the parts be rearranged?

8. What if we do just the opposite?

9. Can ideas be combined?