The Osborn/Parnes CPS Process is a structured, reliable method for generating
innovative solutions on an as needed basis. It tremendously increases the likelihood of
creating novel and useful solutions to any kind of problem. The CPS Process is effectively
used by groups and by individuals working alone. Ordinarily, people tend to think only of
what has worked in the past when faced with challenges. Also, people most often rely on
convergent thinking (i.e., looking for the single, best answer) to solve problems because
that's what was rewarded in school or at home. But by combining convergent and divergent
thinking (looking for lots of good answers) with imagination at every stage of the CPS
Process, we open treasure troves of fresh, innovative and workable solutions.
The Osborne-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process Manual is
intended to be a working map to help you navigate through the creative problem solving
process. It can be used by trainers and workshop leaders seeking to help others learn a
powerful process for innovation. It can also, clearly, be used by individuals working
alone and by self-directed work teams.