Michael Michalko, an internationally acclaimed creative thinking expert and author, developed a method called SCAMPER to guide people through the process of generating ideas. Designers and facilitators can try this method as a way to prototype solutions to small problems or as a quick way to try to improve an aspect of an exhibit or program.
S – substitute something
C – combine with something else
A – adapt something to it
M – modify or magnify
P – put it to some other use
E – eliminate something
R – reverse or rearrange
Museum thinkers Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale examine the SCAMPER methodology in a museum context in their book, Creativity in Museum Practice, pages 53-55.