Retrospective on SCAMPER
one the main problems I have noticed within myself is that often when approaching a problem, before I
even beginning to brainstorm different ideas, I have already formed a solution, and then rather than
look for the best solution to the problem, I try to mold the problem to fit my solution. For example, I
am a web developer, so any entrepreneurial en devour I think of usually revolved around web
A very similar thing happened when I chose the problem for this assignment – how to solve the
problem of garbage bags in the streets. As I first began to analyze the question, I came up with a few
solutions – firstly, an Uber-like on-demand service that picks up garbage throughout the day. As I
began to go through the SCAMPER method, I noticed that my first reaction would be to try to conform
the question to the fit my own solution.
However, the SCAMPER method proved an incredibly useful tool to overcome this sort of bias.
Because of the very diverse array of questions, it almost forces you to think differently – and I think
this actually may greatest benefit of SCAMPER – it’s ability to provide different perspectives to
approaching a problem. I definitely see myself using this method in the future, when trying to come up
with an a new perspective on a problem I seem to be stuck on.
Another useful, and quite surprising, application I see for Scamper is in programming – in my last
programming class, the professor spoke about how often a problem can have many solutions – the real
difficulty is in finding the right one, the most efficient, clear, and concise approach to the problem at
hand. Therefore, I think a slightly modified version Scamper could actually be very useful to
programmers, to help with the process of approaching a problem from a different perspective. I’m
definitely going to think about this and begin creating a modified Scamper for programmers.