SCAMPER is a really useful tool (or more accurately, a checklist) for exploring creative possibilities and opportunities around a solution or situation.

The word SCAMPER is an acronym created out of the first letters of different transformations that might be considered in changing or developing a basic idea or situation. These are:
  • Substitute (some aspect or feature with something else);
  • Combine (it with something else);
  • Adapt (it or what it is doing);
  • Modify (it in some way, in particular in respect of Magnify or Minimise);
  • Put to a different use;
  • Eliminate (some aspects of its structure or functionality);
  • Reverse (e.g. turn it upside down or inside out).
In many ways SCAMPER is a checklist of ‘Flash card perspectives’ that can be used as part of a brainstorming process.  The SCAMPER iFrame is a template which encourages a group (or a set of syndicates or individuals) to explore these different perspectives together – upload the iFrame to your virtual meeting, or print it out for your physical meeting.
The iFrame tends to work better in a virtual meeting, where you can invite everyone to type in their own thoughts and ideas at once, and everybody can easily see the result. The same thing can be achieved in a physical meeting with post-it notes, but not quite as easily. Once the ideas have been submitted to the iFrame, you can use voting to identify the ideas that have the greatest support for being taken forward. SCAMPER can also be used individually, as well as in a group.
The following link provides more information on the tool
You can download a PowerPoint template of the tool below.
The template can be printed off (at any size) for use in Physical meetings, or uploaded to suitable meeting or collaboration software so that it can be used in virtual or asynchronous meetings.

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