P M I lus inus nteresting Based on the work of Dr. Edward de Bono
What is wrong with this? Will it cause problems? Often, when presented with a new idea, our first questions/thoughts are negative. Are there costs involved? How much time will this take?
The PMI method gives deliberate attention to exploring, first, the positives or plus factors in the new idea. The second operation when using the PMI is to look for negatives or minus factors. The third operation is to look for the interesting possibilities in the new idea.
Without exploring an idea for possibilities or alternatives, a new idea has only a 50/50 chance of survival. Those considering it either like it or dislike it. When the interesting possibilities are explored, whatever our initial impressions, we broaden our view of the idea by adding to the plus factors already identified or finding alternatives that give the idea more chance of 'survival'.
To Use the PMI Method: Step One…make a chart
To Use the PMI Method: Step Two… Fill in the chart from left to right with items in each column.
To Use the PMI Method: Step Three… Give each item a + or – amount from one to five (i.e. +3 or -2)
To Use the PMI Method: Step Four… Add up the amounts in each column and see if the idea’s score is overall negative or positive.
In your groups… Use the provided chart and apply the PMI Method to the following ideas… You will only have four minutes to complete the chart for each idea! • IDEA ONE: By law all cars should be painted bright yellow. • IDEA TWO: People should wear badges showing whether they are in a good mood or a bad mood that day. • IDEA THREE: Every adult should spend one week a year in the police force. • IDEA FOUR: People should be allowed to work 10 hours a day for 4 days and have the rest of the week free, instead of working 8 hours a day for 5 days.
Real World Example: A young professional is deciding where to live. Her question is 'Should she move to the big city?' She draws up the PMI table below: