Boosting your creative thinking

PART 1 – of a short series around creative thinking and testing.

Yesterday I facilitated a workshop on creativity at a local conference Testit in Malmö. The purpose was to share some ideas of how to boost your creative thinking and some tools of how you can improve your thinking around test ideas.

Our testing is only as good as our thinking and many times we are held back by deadlines, limited time, poor communication, knowledge and pre-defined roles and responsibilities.

I have a certain process which I go through when ever I create a workshop or an exercise. Usually I start with an idea and a purpose of what I want the participants to learn. I trust my process of where I will come up with exercises which fits the purpose. This is the part which I get the most excited about, where I let my creativity flow. I play with different ideas, tools and media. I might experiment and try my ideas on colleagues and friends. I want my workshops to be interactive, fun and experiential where my work is much more about facilitating learning and creating opportunities than traditional teaching. I want my workshops to be fun. The most difficult is to balance the fun and the learning. What I mean is even though I aim for fun and play, that can’t take away the focus on the learning.

Like many times before I trusted my own process about putting my workshop together in time for the conference. I wasn’t worried, I had some ideas pondering but nothing really tangible. I knew I would come up with something. Surprisingly that didn’t happen. I realized I kept procrastinating my preparation and the day for the conference just kept coming closer and closer. I could not even force myself into designing my workshop.

My creativity was gone! What happened?!

To be continued…

Part 2 – Where did my creativity go?