The last step of creative problem solving is the "Aha!" moment.
The moment when the long-awaited solution to a difficult problem seems to just appear to you.
And with a sense of obviousness about it.
(Elementary, my dear Watson!)
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
- John Steinbeck
What Is Creative Problem Solving?
Let's start with a definition.
Creative Problem Solving (CPS) is a method for solving problems in a creative way by following three main steps: clarification (identifying what needs to be solved), transformation (generating ideas and developing them into feasible solutions), and implementation (selecting the solution with the most potential and producing a plan of action).
The Creative Problem Solving Process - Origins and Evolution
The term was first coined in Alex Osborn's book from 1953: Applied imagination: Principles and procedures of creative problem-solving
In the initial process, there were only three steps: