MindTools – great site with a wealth of information on the creative process and problem solving.
There are articles outlining several creativity techniques – I responded most to a technique called SIMPLEX.
The Simplex Process is a powerful, sophisticated approach to innovation. It is suitable for projects and organizations of almost any scale.
The Process is an eight-stage cycle. Upon completion of the eight stages you start it again to find and solve another problem. This helps to ensure continuous improvement.
Stages in the process are:
Selection and Evaluation
Selling of the Idea
By moving through these stages you ensure that you solve the most significant problems with the best solutions available to you. This process can help you to be intensely creative.