I have to admit that project management is one of my weaknesses. I have just started reading some books and trying to do things in a more organized project sort of way.
In one of the books I have been reading the auther talks about brainwriting instead of brain storming as a way of getting all the end items on the table that need to be worked on. The way it goes is you give everyone 20 to 30 minutes or longer I guess on the size of the project to write down eveything that needs to be done. Then you go around and have each person share what they have written. You later take all the end items and turn them into a schedule and assign them to team members. The idea is that everyone has a unique part to share. Everyone shares something. Even if you are the last person to share and most of your ideas have been mentioned you'll probably have at least one to share.
I've done this twice now and one time it worked really well. The second time I don't think the project was big enough to warrant doing it with the team I had assembled. We did get a lot on the table, but it just didn't seem as profitable.
Does anyone use this form of brain storming and how does it work for you? The book I am reading has a mid-nineties copyright date. So I'm wondering if there are more recent books that would be better to read. I'm reading through GTD and Allen lists a different way to do project management. If you ahve heard of brainwriting, is it a method that's outdated now?
Thanks for your input.