How to do Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a structured process for generating ideas. Although individuals may brainstorm on their own, it's typically a process that involves group discussion. Learn the five rules of effective brainstorming, the facilitator's role, and how to use supporting techniques such as the affinity diagram, PICK chart, and N/3 multi-voting as part of your brainstorming session.

What Is Brainstorming?

Brainstorming is a structured process for generating ideas to support problem-solving or innovation. Learn the five rules of effective brainstorming.

Getting Started with Brainstorming

Structured brainstorming is a process for generating ideas in small groups. Learn the rules and helpful guidelines for organizing and getting started with brainstorming sessions.

How to Do Brainstorming

Following a structured process can help a group of people rapidly generate a large number of ideas. Learn the five steps of structured brainstorming and the tools and techniques that support them.

What Is an Affinity Diagram?

An Affinity Diagram is a tool to gather large amounts of data such as ideas, opinions, and topics and to organize them into groupings by the similarity of the ideas. Learn the advantages of using affinity diagrams to support brainstorming and some tips for getting started.

How to Create an Affinity Diagram

Structured brainstorming activity is made easier when teams can use the affinity diagram to visually organize their ideas. Learn the seven steps for creating and using affinity diagrams, as well as the preparation needed before getting started.

How to Create a PICK Chart

The PICK chart is a tool we can use to prioritize and select the options based on their impact and how easy they are to do. Learn the five steps for creating and using this diagram to select quick win options, rank ideas, and deselect lower priority items.

Multi-Voting with the N/3 Method

The multi-voting technique is a simple way for groups to quickly select a smaller set of options from a larger set. Learn the formula for calculating the number of votes each participant has available to them, and how the voting process typically works with a brainstorming or other idea selection process.

How to Facilitate Brainstorming

Structured brainstorming often goes more smoothly and yields better results when guided by a well-prepared facilitator. Learn the seven responsibilities of a facilitator, key areas of preparation, and common techniques for effective facilitation.

How to Use a Parking Lot to Stay On Track

A key responsibility of a facilitator or meeting leader is to keep a meeting, workshop, or discussion on track, while also encouraging all participants to give input and be heard. Learn how to use a simple visual format called the Parking Lot to accomplish this.

How to Jumpstart Brainstorming

Sometimes even an experienced and well-prepared facilitator finds their brainstorming group stuck or unable to generate ideas. Learn two practices and five techniques to help jumpstart brainstorming and keep the ideas flowing.

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