Imaginary Brainstorming is like Classic Brainstorming, but with a slight twist. The ground rules etc. are the same, the differences are;
-When defining the problem make sure that it has a subject - who is acting,a verb - the action, an object - who / what is being acted upon.
- Perform a ((classic brainstorming)) session
-Define the essential elements of the problem, and identify which of the elements above (1) is the most directly tied to a successful solution.
-Propose imaginary replacements for the other elements. e.g. T-chart of "Original problem" and "Suggested replacements"
-Formulate a new problem statement, substituting one of the imaginary elements.
-Brainstorm ideas for the imaginary problem
-Apply ideas from the imaginary brainstorming back to the real problem statement.
-Analyse all of the ideas (real, imaginary and combined) and take forward those of most interest.
Via Lynnette Van Dyke