Figure 2: An Example of 2 Possible Need Statements

An example of 2 possible need statements from a fellowship group in the Stanford Biodesign Program. The need statement on the left contains a solution embedded within the statement (a better stent), which limits the potential concepts that can fulfill this need statement. The need statement at right no longer contains an embedded solution and instead places focus on the outcome (the consequences of emboli). Many more potential concepts that fulfill this revised need statement can thus be brainstormed.