1. Identify the Problem (or Goal)
This may be the most difficult step because we can easily mistake the solution for the problem. When we confuse this with the second step we may not realize our error until we reach step six and wonder what went wrong.
2. Develop Possible Solutions/Alternatives/Options
This step is for brainstorming: a freewheeling, no holds barred creative thinking process. We want to generate as many creative options as we can, no matter how unrealistic the solution may seem. All evaluation or criticism is withheld until we reach step three.
3. Evaluate The Solutions
This is the stage for critical evaluation, to examine the possible choices. At this stage options from stage two are discarded and new solutions may be developed as we evaluate the results from step two.