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Lateral thinking



Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono

Lateral thinking is one of the tools & techniques in Alternates identification (Scope management Knowledge Area - Define Scope process and Time Management Knowledge Area - Estimate activity resources process).

Try out these lateral thinking puzzles.

1) Imagine you are in a room which has no doors or windows. How do you get out?
Answer: Highlight between brackets. (Stop imagining)

2. A police officer saw a truck driver clearly going the wrong way down a one-way street, but did not try to stop him. Why?
Answer: (The truck driver was walking

3. What is special about the below paragraph?
""This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it?  It looks so ordinary, you'd think nothing was wrong with it and in fact, nothing is wrong with it. It is unusual, why?  Study it. Think about it and you may find out. Try to do it without coaching.  If you work at it for a bit, it will dawn on you. So jump to it! Try your skill at figuring it out! Good Luck - Don't blow your cool!""
Answer: (There is not even a single 'e' in the whole paragraph)

4.Can you name 3 consecutive days without using the words Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Saturday or Sunday?
Answer: (Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow)

5.What can you put in a wooden box that would make it lighter? The more of them you put in the lighter it becomes, yet the box stays empty.
Answer: (Holes)

For few more lateral thinking puzzles check out the below link.
http://www.fireup.co.in/blog/solving-more-problems-by-lateral-thinking/

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