The SCAMPER framework is one approach to problem solving and brainstorming. It applies seven activities to the situation, and can be applied at either the macro or micro-level.

Substitute – entirely replace one component with another.

Combine – merge two components into one.

Adapt – modify a component.

Magnify – increase or decrease the scale or scope of a component.

Put to other uses – use a component for something different.

Eliminate – remove a component entirely.

Reverse – consider a component with the opposite effect.

Depending on the context, a “Component” could be a concept, a process or a physical object.

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As half of the team behind, I am a serial starter of things, beginner of projects. I work in bits and in bytes, in words and paragraphs; I work in wood, metal, and paper, in fabric and in leather; I work in fits and in starts. Most of all I work intermittently and inconsistently.