SCAMPER is a checklist of idea-spurring questions. Some of the questions were first suggested by Alex Osborn, a pioneer teacher of creativity. They were later arranged by Bob Eberle into this mnemonic.
S = Substitute?
C = Combine?
A = Adapt?
M = Modify? = Magnify?
P = Put to other uses?
E = Eliminate or minify?
R = Reverse? = Rearrange?
To use SCAMPER:
- Isolate the challenge or subject you want to think about.
- Ask SCAMPER questions about each step of the challenge or subject and see what new ideas emerge. Asking the questions is like tapping all over the challenge with a hammer to see where the hollow spots are.
This information was found in Michael Michalko’s excellent bookThinkertoys.For more information, you can visit his website http://creativethinking.net/.