Brainstorming Questions instead of Answers

- Which questions, if answered, would make this problem much easier?
- What kind of evidence would be relevant to someone making decisions about this?
- What kind of clarifying questions would an expert ask if you were describing this problem to them?
- Are there preexisting sets of questions/checklists for this problem domain?
- Which tests do we have available and what kind of questions do they answer?
- What questions could we ask clients/stakeholders?
- What are some simple/bad ways to solve this problem and can they be improved?

Conversational Prompts

- What part of this problem seems most relevant to you?
- What part do you find yourself unusually attentive to?
- How can we find out where our models of the problem overlap?
- How can we find out where our models make different predictions? Can we bet?
- Journalist questions: who, what, where, why, when, how.

Reframing the Problem

- What metaphors does the problem description rely on? What if we used different ones?
- What if we permuted some of the words in the problem description with a thesaurus?

- What if the problem turned out to be easy?
- What lucky fluke would lead to you getting what you want? Can we make any of those more likely?
- How would you solve the problem with arbitrary power? What are the desiderata it would satisfy if there were no tradeoffs?
- What situations does this remind me of?
- What would someone awesome do to prepare for a serious effort at solving the problem?
- Is there a smaller/toy version of the problem you can solve for practice?
- Have you tried sharpening the problem without looking for a solution?
- Have you tried granularizing more?
- Have you tried dumping your thought cache and approaching the problem in open mode?
- Have you tried filling your attention with the problem?
- Have you tried propagating constraints from the object level?
- Give 3 concrete examples, give 3 counter examples.
- Map the idea space instead of trying to solve the problem.
- Describe the problem instead of explaining it.
- What do all my efforts to solve the problem so far have in common? What am I not changing enough?
- Have you tried rubber ducking impressive people?
- Have you tried actually trying to solve the problem?

Therapeutic/Affective Prompts

- What if I woke up and the problem was solved? How would I know? What would be different?

- What if it were happening to someone else?
- What if I'm not responsible?
- What if I took a step back from it?
- Do I have any limiting beliefs around this problem?
- Hopelessness: the problem is impossible
- Helplessness: the problem is impossible for me in particular
- Worthlessness: I don't deserve the problem being solved

- How is that (problematic behavior in someone else) also true of me?
- Is that belief true? How would I know if it wasn't?
- Where did that belief come from?
- Is that belief serving me?
- Is this framing of the problem helping me find solutions?
- What are different ways of framing this problem? (see above)
- What is (this problem) really about?
- How is maintaining this problem serving me?
- How do I actually feel in the moment this problem arises?
- What notes of discord arise when I say 'everything about X is going perfectly'?
- Do I genuinely feel curious about the problem?