Attribute listing

Attribute Listing could work well with the SCAMPER method, where destruction methods are used to brainstorm. It needs an ideas generation method to compliment it.

It comprises of the breaking down of a problem into smaller and smaller pieces and then seeing what is discovered as this is done. It is related to Morphology. It is a method that seems to be best for quality improvement for complex problems.

It allows the designer to discover if all elements have been investigated.

A simple example is that of a torch re design:

Feature

Attribute

Ideas

Casing Plastic Metal
Switch on/off on/off low beam
Battery Power Rechargable
Bulb Glass Plastic
Weight Heavy Light

It allows focus to begin on one or two specifics before generating an ocean of ideas.