I moderated my first brainstorming session this week and it was a rousing success. Following the brainstorming guidelines and especially the ground rules laid out by Mike and Mark in their podcasts on brainstorming everyone in the room contributed, their was little to no "negative talk" , and we came out with a number of great solutions. Early feedback has been very positive from very high levels in the organization.
So that leaves me with one last thing to say...
You are not going to believe this!! I did what you said and it worked!!
Please forgive my facetiousness, I couldn't resist after hearing it so often in the interviewing series podcasts.
Thank you MT community for all your help and guidance to become a better professional and a better manager.
Brainstorming can be an
Brainstorming can be an effective way to generate lots of ideas on a specific issue and then determine which idea – or ideas – is the best solution. Brainstorming is most effective with groups of 8-12 people and should be performed in a relaxed environment. If participants feel free to relax and joke around, they'll stretch their minds further and therefore produce more creative ideas.
A brainstorming session requires a facilitator, a brainstorming space and something on which to write ideas, such as a white-board a flip chart or software tool. The facilitator's responsibilities include guiding the session, encouraging participation and writing ideas down.
Brainstorming works best with a varied group of people. Participants should come from various departments across the organisation and have different backgrounds. Even in specialist areas, outsiders can bring fresh ideas that can inspire the experts.
There are numerous approaches to brainstorming, but the traditional approach is generally the most effective because it is the most energetic and openly collaborative, allowing participants to build on each others' ideas.