Problem Solving Templates


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Starburst Brainstorm Board

The Starburst Brainstorming method uses a visual tool to help your team generate a good number of solutions around a single problem.

This method works well when you need to make sure you address every aspect of the problem or question. It also helps your team focus on the aspects that are most important when addressing the issue at hand. 

In the center of the star, write your question or problem. A Cardsmith card is already in this board’s center star waiting for you to edit the card title with your particular topic. 

Then, use each of the words to kickstart discussion about that aspect of your brainstorming topic.

See this blog post for more ideas on how to generate more creative ideas while brainstorming.  

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Concept Mapping Board

This board is an example of how to use mind mapping or concept mapping for a project or writing project.

Process Diagram Example

Process Diagram Board

If you need a quick way to map out a current or future process, a process diagram in Cardsmith is a very easy option.  

Oftentimes mapping out a process collaboratively will lead to learning that not everyone sees the process flow the same way, which can uncover inefficiencies in the process itself.  

This board uses connectors to show relationships between process steps.  You can add connectors to boards by selecting “Link To” from the Card’s menu and then clicking on the card you want to connect to.  Hover over the connectors to access the Connector menu and change the color or add arrows to lines. 

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Driving Forces Brainstorming Board

Often we want to dive in and start brainstorming solutions to an existing problem. However, it might make more sense to initially figure out what’s driving or causing that problem. In brainstorming terms, this process is called a Drivers Analysis.

The first step of a Drivers Analysis is no different than any other brainstorm session: identify the problem.

Once you’ve done that, rather than focusing on coming up with solutions, try to work out the reason this problem exists. It can be helpful to ask the group questions that address who, what, when, where, why and how. For instance, if sales are down, you might ask, “What are our competitors doing more effectively?” Or, “How have we changed our sales processes lately?”

As brainstorm participants offer their answers to these questions, you will see possible solutions coming to light. Continuing with the example above, you might realize that your company cut back on advertising around the same time your competitors released a popular new commercial on social media. It quickly becomes clear that reassessing your company’s advertising strategy is a solution to the problem.