There are a few “ground rules” about the method:
The hats can be used singly to request the type of thinking, or they can be used in a sequence to explore a subject--or solve a problem.
A Six Hat session typically progresses as shown below.
Why are we here? What are we thinking about? Where do we want to end up?
What have we achieved so far? What alternative should we be looking for at this point? What sort of outcome should we regard as successful? What are our next steps?