Making connections between apparently unrelated items can be practiced with your team with this fun synthesis exercise. You will be shown eight random objects * and must combine at least two into a new product. Make up a problem by associating. Come up with a new application and a nice name. What problem does it solve? The more things you credibly combine, the better! An example: the combination of a pen and a lamp makes it easier to read the meter readings in a dark meter cupboard.
You can download the worksheet with the eight objects here .
Tip: you can of course also make your own version.
* It also works fine with words (but because design thinking appeals to the imagination, we choose images).