7 Brainstorming Rules & Techniques To Get More From Group Problem Solving
1. No idea too stupid
There is an ideal solution to your problem and brainstorming is the key to finding it. However, discussing, criticising or generally dismissing ideas as they come up reduces your chance of finding the secret treasure and render your brainstorming session useless.2. Watch the clock
A little time pressure is good for brainstorming, so agree a maximum time for brainstorming, say 10 to 20 minutes, and stick to it. Start and finish on time, and encourage a brisk pace to maximise the time invested in this activity. Maybe assign a time-keeper to own this task.
3. Record your progress
All your good ideas are wasted hot air if they are not recorded methodically and more importantly, legibly. Consider using brainstorming software such as MindManager©, post-it notes, flip charts or other such methods for getting your ideas down. Whatever you choose, make sure you bring all the necessary tools and materials with you!
Quantity not quality
Use both sides of your brain
Encourage the right mindset and have fun
Not everyone enjoys brainstorming and group problem solving. Shyness, fear of looking stupid or silly may keep people quiet. Brush up on your facilitation skills and avoid the risk of great ideas being un-spoken or unheard.
Group problem solving can be effective, especially if you follow these 7 brainstorming rules and techniques. You can design a horse!
Citation Information: Swinton, Lyndsay. "7 Brainstorming Rules & Techniques To Get More From Group Problem Solving." Mftrou.com. 13 May 2005. < http://www.mftrou.com/brainstorm-technique.html >.blog comments powered by Disqus
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