Manipulative Verbs / Kalari Exercise Technique

A checklist generates ideas by taking a verb from the list and “checking” the item against certain aspects of the problem. The comprehensive list of verbs helps reduce the possibility that a solution might be overlooked.

Example for use:

A common problem in project management is a plan’s failure to meet the desired schedule, either at the initiation of the project or during the course of managing the project.

Approaches to rearrange resources to meet the scheduled date of an information systems development project:

Multiply Increase the number of personnel
Increase the amount of project budget
Increase the tools

Eliminate Eliminate some of the functionality of the system

Subdue Simplifying the design

Invert Prototype to test early instead of at the end

Separate Critical from non-critical activities

Unify Combine modules

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