Tuesday, 31 May 2011

6 Thinking Hats and MindGenius

De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats - different coloured hats each symbolising a specific perspective - provide a structured way of looking at a problem or idea from all angles.  It's a great workshop tool.

With the brainstorming and analysis tools included within MindGenius 4 it is possible to step through a process of: generating ideas using the Thinking Hats; reviewing the ideas, again with the Thinking Hats; then creating a final integrated view of all the ideas, categorised by Thinking Hat.

In summary, the 6 Thinking Hats are:

White hat: neutral; fact or information driven; trends; no opinions; gaps in knowledge

Red hat: intuition or gut reactions; feelings; emotional responses

Black hat: defensive thinking; risks; constraints; impact for other initiatives

Yellow hat: positive thinking; opportunities; benefits

Green hat: creativity; new ways of seeing things; new associations; insights

Blue hat: process control – worn by the meeting chair; summaries; actions; decisions.

Category edit add white hat drop down The hats can be created as MindGenius categories ahead of the workshop.  Click the image (left) to see an enlarged view.



Depending on how the workshop is planned, you might first begin with a brainstorm and collect all the ideas in MindGenius.

Hats brainstorm

The 6 Thinking Hats icons can be applied as the process is stepped through or as part of a second pass where the audience is asked to categorise the ideas.

Category edit add white hat drop down applied

Category edit add white hat drop down applied newTo create some order from this brainstorm and initial categorisation, select the " Create Map from Brainstorm" option and "Create Category-Centric Map".



MindGenius will create a new map with branches based on each of the 6 Thinking Hats and the categorised ideas attached under the appropriate branch.

Category edit add white hat drop down applied new dia result

Reformat the map to a preferred style and you are ready to move on to the next stage of the workshop.

Category edit add white hat drop down applied new dia result format

In the next post I'll show how to create the 6 Thinking Hats Category Group in MindGenius. 



If you want to try MindGenius please click on this link or the "trial" image here.



For more on De Bono's 6 Thinking Hats try his book:


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