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7 ways to make better use of Brainstorming
There's more than one way of Brainstorming. Choose one of these variants instead!
Brainstorming does not need to be the same way again and again. There are different variants that make sessions more varied and fun. Depending on the context, choose one of these Brainstorming variants:
Traditional Brainstorming: This is the most common form of brainstorming and involves a group of people coming together to generate ideas. It is important to follow the rules of traditional brainstorming, which include not criticizing any ideas, building on each other's ideas, and welcoming all suggestions.
Brainwriting: This variant involves individuals writing down their ideas on paper or on a shared document, rather than speaking them out loud. This can be useful for introverted individuals. It can also be a more efficient method if the group is large, as it allows everyone to contribute their ideas without the need for discussion.
Reverse Brainstorming: In this variant, the group starts by identifying the problems or challenges they are facing. They then generate ideas for how to make the situation worse before coming up with solutions. It is similar to the “pre-mortem” technique.
Nominal Group Technique: This variant involves individuals writing down their ideas on their own before coming together to discuss and refine them as a group. This can be a useful way to ensure that all ideas are given equal consideration.
Round Robin Brainstorming: In this variant, each person in the group takes turns sharing their ideas, one at a time. This can be a useful way to keep the conversation focused and to ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute.
Visual Brainstorming: This variant involves or even requires using visual aids such as diagrams, charts, or maps to brainstorm ideas. This can be a useful way to stimulate creative thinking and to communicate complex ideas.
Brainstorming with Constraints: This variant involves setting specific parameters or constraints for the brainstorming session, such as a time limit or a theme. This can help to focus the group's thinking and encourage them to come up with more creative solutions.
It is important to choose the right variant for the task at hand, depending on the goal and group dynamics. By using these techniques, teams can generate a wealth of new ideas and solve problems more effectively.
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