University of Southern Indiana

Simplex Creative Problem Solving-Level II

This course is designed for Simplex users who are interested in furthering their knowledge and becoming facilitators of the Simplex process. Simplex is a creative problem solving process that is used to identify solutions to complex problems. Many of the problems we encounter are fuzzy situations, meaning that they are ambiguous, unstructured, and do not have a clear solution. The Simplex process provides a systematic approach for problem solving that encourages innovation and creativity through critical thinking.

Simplex takes participants through 8 steps from problem finding to action, by applying creative thinking skills of diverging, converging and deferral of judgment. 

Step 1-Problem Finding
Step 2-Fact Finding
Step 3-Problem Definition
Step 4-Idea Finding
Step 5-Evaluation and Selection
Step 6-Action Planning
Step 7-Gaining Acceptance
Step 8-Action

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Find and solve real "fuzzy" situations using the Simplex skills and process
  • Coach and facilitate small groups, teams and individuals through the Simplex process
  • Conduct a pre-consultation to plan an effective meeting
  • Facilitate a problem-solving meeting to clearly define problems, produce innovative ideas, develop a clear action plan and create a strategy for gaining acceptance
  • Debrief a meeting to help participants learn how to improve future meetings

Contact Paula Nurrenbern at 812-461-5425 or pjnurrenbe@usi.edu to bring this program to your facility. Completing Simplex Creative Problem Solving-Level I is a prerequisite for participating in Level II.

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