What is ThoughtOffice, and how does it work to help you innovate, brainstorm, solve problems, and create presentations?

Innovation Software is a new field focused on helping individuals and organizations generate more and better ideas faster, solve problems, and refine processes.

On an individual level these programs help in personal and executive coaches, consultants and “human capital” leaders optimize their organizations to get the most from their people – while giving them the best environments in which to perform.

Effective brainstorming applications also provide a roadmap to how an idea or solution was developed. This guide is essential in moving from “creativity to productivity”: putting ideas into actionable products, programs and processes.

ThoughtOffice is a new breed of solutions which uses the best of the following techniques:

Mind Mapping. The process of visually clarifying ideas from an initial starting point is called mind mapping. Described by Tony Buzan in the 1970’s, it is an extremely effective process for an individual to better clarify the creative process using trees, forks and bobbles, centered on trigger words.

We are not a mind mapping tool, per se. ThoughtOffice provides the strategic thinking (eXpertTopic Modules) and the Lateral Thinking Process (IdeaBrowser Tabs) to support and greatly enhance the Mind Mapping process. With Mind Mapping, you are limited by your existing knowledge base (you know what you know, and some of what you don’t know).

ThoughtOffice works in harmony with Mind Mapping solutions to provide systematic questions to address (helping enhance, clarify and direct each fork), and creative answers from the lateral thinking process (providing creative answers to each question, comment or direction each leg of the fork leads you).

Mind Mapping solutions + ThoughtOffice create the most powerful visualization and creative innovation combination many clients have ever experienced.

Other popular brainstorming processes include:
TRIZ, for the process of drilling-down on a problem and using intelligent questions to achieve an objective and expose the weak points of both problem and solution. It was developed by studying an extensive list of patents, and how they came into being.

TRIZ uses a 40 question matrix facilitated by a TRIZ-trained coach to help solve problems and develop new ideas.

IdeaFisher, for the process of asking many questions in systematic order, to crisply define the problem. Then using word-associations and topical content to find lots of solutions to the problem.

ThoughtOffice owes it’s DNA to Marsh Fisher and his extensive research into creative thinking, as embodied in IdeaFisher.

Outlining, which provides a linear process of clarifying an issue and showing the start to finish process of how the idea was generated, the problem exposed and solved.

Associative Thinking. This “6-Degrees of Separation” helps attach existing knowledge to unknown ideas, and shows how all ideas are only a few steps from a solution… or many solutions. It is also the process by which our minds work.

As for the future of ThoughtOffice innovations, we ARE working on a visualization engine that uses visual “primitives” combined with timelines and graphical elements to help visualize processes. This upcoming tool will save your creative drawing as a Flash presentation that reveals itself much like a series of Flash animations or movies within a power point presentation.

There is MUCH more to this, and on this web site you can explore these concepts, and how ThoughtOffice addresses each element in an elegant fashion.

To Your Creative Success,
Mark Alan Effinger

CEO, ThoughtOffice Corp.

Mind Mapping. The process of visually clarifying ideas from an initial starting point is called mind mapping. Described by Tony Buzan in the 1970’s, it is an extremely effective process for an individual to better clarify the creative process using trees, forks and bobbles, centered on trigger words.

We are not a mind mapping tool, per se. ThoughtOffice provides the strategic thinking (eXpertTopic Modules) and the Lateral Thinking Process (IdeaBrowser Tabs) to support and greatly enhance the Mind Mapping process. With Mind Mapping, you are limited by your existing knowledge base (you know what you know, and some of what you don’t know).

ThoughtOffice works in harmony with Mind Mapping solutions to provide systematic questions to address (helping enhance, clarify and direct each fork), and creative answers from the lateral thinking process (providing creative answers to each question, comment or direction each leg of the fork leads you).

Mind Mapping solutions + ThoughtOffice creates the most powerful visualization and creative exploration combination I have ever seen.
 
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