Monday, January 3, 2011

Six Hats Thinking

White Hat
Focus on the data available, where to analyze past trends, and try to extrapolate from historical date.

Red Hat
Look at the decision using intuition, gut reaction, and emotion. Think how other people will react emotionally.

Black Hat
Look at things pessimistically, cautiously and defensively. Think to why idea and approaches might not work, it can help to find out weak points in a plan and eliminate it.

Yellow Hat
Helps you think positively, optimistic viewpoint help to figure out benefit of the decision.

Green Hat
Stands for creativity. A freewheeling way of thinking can develop creative solution to a problem.

Blue Hat
Stands for process control. This is the hat worn by people chairing meetings.

Benefit and purpose of Six Hat Thinking:
to simplify thinking.
allow an easy switching device and this does not threaten egos and can be played like game.

... However in the end all final decision are usually made in red hat. :D