Your Guide & Worksheet for Applying the Complete Method
of Creative Problem Solving & Decision Making (SM-14)

Stages or Ingredients
of SM-14

Method or Guide keeps thoughts en route to new reliable knowledge
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 1. Curious Observation
#1 Curious Observation
 Be alert - What is needed? Be skeptical - Prevent trouble. Discover problems. Ask why?
 2. Is there a problem?
#2 Is there a problem?
Analyze problem carefully, as Einstein stated, "A problem properly defined is often half solved."
 3. Goals & Planning
#3 Goals & Planning
Break problem down into sub problems. Consider any solutions as tentative till complete Stage 6.
 4. Search, Explore, & Gather the Evidence
#4 Search, Explore, & Gather the Evidence
Search internet, books, and other sources. Follow leads. Explore all angles. Build files.
 5. Generate Creative & Logical Alternataive Solutions
#5 Generate Creative & Logical Alternataive Solutions
Search for ideas, read publications to trigger your imagination. think reflectively.
 6. Evaluate the Evidence
#6 Evaluate the Evidence
If possible, chart evaluations of your tentative solutions or theories. Compare and test.
 7. Make the Educated Guess (Hypothesis)
#7 Make the Educated Guess (Hypothesis)
State your working hypothesis explicitly. Make predictions for testing.
 8. Challenge the Hypothesis
#8 Challenge the Hypothesis

Test. Experiment. Control variables. Attempt to falsify.

 9. Reach a Conclusion
#9 Reach a Conclusion
Can others test and confirm your conclusions?
10. Suspend Judgement
#10 Suspend Judgement
Keep an open mind and be ready to accept new evidence. Knowledge is forever changing.
11. Take Action
#11 Take Action
Below are the Supporting Ingredients used at all the preceeding stages of SM-14
12. Creative, Non-Logical, Logical, & Technical Methods
#12 Creative, Non-Logical, Logical, & Technical Methods
Use all types of action methods at all stages to actually accomplish results.
13. Procedural Principles & Theories
#13 Procedural Principles & Theories
Follow those used by researchers everywhere but "anything goes" (if ethical).
14. Attributes & Thinking Skills
#14 Attributes & Thinking 
Be honest, team worker, communicator, etc. Use creativity - reason .logically.