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Brainstorming on a White Board: Prompts and Techniques

IdeaScale

Brainstorming is the foundation of any innovation exercise and the foundation for most ideation sessions. Whether it’s simply ideating or specifically auditing a project, we have compiled a guide of the best questions to ask and techniques to use when brainstorming on a whiteboard.

The 10 Commandments of Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Redefine Brainstorming If You Want Results. . It’s okay to hate Brainstorming. There have been many studies of brainstorming and articles written. The original guidelines of brainstorming (defer judgment, quantity of ideas, build on ideas, combine, etc.)

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11 Templates for Brainstorming

InnovationTraining.org

These top ideation and brainstorming templates from Miro can be used with your team remotely or in the same room. Interested in templates for brainstorming that you can even use with a team online? In this guide we will share some of the most popular brainstorming frameworks.

Creative Problem Solving Process

InnovationTraining.org

When it comes to developing innovative solutions to unique organizational challenges or your own life, using tried and true methods to brainstorm ideas and find the best possible solution can be a great way to achieve your goals. What is creative problem solving?

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Acquiring knowledge across many domains is about broad-based learning, and it’s often where big “I” innovation comes from.This allows creative combinations of ideas and concepts from one area — with ideas or concepts from another. Facilitators who scaffold well are master innovation facilitators and their projects achieve better results. The key is to get creative with how your organize your innovation projects. This done before ideation.

6 Creative Innovation Exercises for Online Whiteboards

IdeaScale

Innovation is a process that relies heavily on creativity and individual thinking, and these are things that don’t come easily. In order to get your creative juices flowing it can be important to engage in creative thinking exercises and practice ways you can improve your innovation process.

Creative Problem Solving Templates

InnovationTraining.org

These Miro and MURAL digital templates can be used in team sessions for problem identification and creative problem solving. Creative problem solving is a foundation of many of the innovation and design thinking processes. Creative Problem Solving (Using SCAMPER).

How to Set Up an Ideation Session that Delivers Breakthrough Results

Flying Fish Lab

If you want to come up with the next big thing (of course you do), you need to know how to run a proper ideation session. Let your next ideation session be the one that creates your organisation’s next big idea! Ideation: Planting the seeds of creativity.

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

Fast Company Article “Brainstorming is Dumb” Misses the Point. Brainstorming, Done Properly, Is Not a Tool, It’s A Multi-Step Process. And yet another major publication publishes a misleading article about brainstormingBrainstorming is Dumb. The big picture the article misses is that brainstorming is not a single tool, it’s a system. They mention Osborn in the article but don’t accept his definition of brainstorming.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

Creative Thinking Can Be Trained. Train Creativity First, Innovation Next . I’m also a bit weary of chasing or developing the latest, greatest, and most sophisticated tool for ideation. My new message about innovation is — get back to basics first — and that means the spark of it all, creativity. Yes, I’m an innovation writer, trainer, and consultant, AND, without a creative culture you’re building innovation on a mound of sand.

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work

Gregg Fraley

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work. Redefine Brainstorming and Get Better Results. I might be getting to old to hold back on saying this about ideation, aka idea generation, aka brainstorming. As the drawing suggests, please, let’s redefine brainstorming. Here’s the list of brainstorming fails — and the solutions to avoid them: Seven Brainstorming Fails, with Solutions. Brainstorming is all group work.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Prepare, Then Brainstorm. Most brainstorming doesn’t work. The literature bashing brainstorming is extensive. I’m going to focus on one problem with brainstorming in this post: lack of preparation. There is not enough mental preparation done with participants before brainstorming/idea generation sessions. Start thinking of idea generation as a project that takes a few weeks, not a one day session. Broaden the range of knowledge in the project.

Top 12 ideation techniques to brainstorm your way to new ideas

hackerearth

Does your ideation session with your teammates turn into just another meeting with a few people squabbling and the rest keeping quiet? How do you enhance the likelihood of having successful ideation sessions? While producing new ideas might not be difficult considering how frequently ideas come and go, producing great ideas often requires some inspiration and implementing some scientifically proven techniques of ideation. Techniques That Encourage Ideation.

The 5 Worst Things You Can Do in an Ideation Session

Flying Fish Lab

Ideation sessions are hard too – but only if you let them be. What if we could free you from the chains of running ideation sessions where ideas are few and far between and participants get distracted from their only role in the session – coming up with ideas – any ideas – and nothing else!

The 5 Worst Things You Can Do in an Ideation Session

Flying Fish Lab

Ideation sessions are hard too – but only if you let them be. What if we could free you from the chains of running ideation sessions where ideas are few and far between and participants get distracted from their only role in the session – coming up with ideas – any ideas – and nothing else!

Announcing Momentum Creative Problem Solving (MCPS)

Gregg Fraley

A highly creative new method for solving difficult problems. Accelerate the Momentum of Work and Life Projects With Focused Creativity. Three Oaks, Michigan, Wednesday April 21st, an announcement on International Creativity and Innovation Day. Everybody is creative.

Brainstorming with Innovator Dan Pick

Betterific

We want to make you famous for your creativity. ” This is the first in our “Brainstorming with…” series. Dan is an ideator in the true sense of the word – he’s submitted hundreds of ideas, has participated in countless challenges and has won his fair share. Below is an interview we had with Dan, where we ask him about his techniques, some insight into how he brainstorms, and for some suggestions on how to make Betterific even better!

Tune-In To Taster Tools On Thursday

Gregg Fraley

The 30 minute weekly webinar features demonstrations of various facilitation tools for: strategy, challenge clarification, idea generation (aka brainstorming), problem framing, idea selection, innovation projects, and idea development, etc.

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How to Run a Virtual Design Thinking Project with Remote Teams

InnovationTraining.org

In this guest post, learn how to effectively implement a virtually-led design thinking project. Staying on track: Throughout a design thinking project, teams need to repeatedly shift gears from diverging to converging, and apply different tools and mindsets at each stage of the process.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

Innovation projects are about a lot of meetings. Meetings about getting a project mandate, visioning, what to innovate, how to innovate, challenges to take on, jobs to do, experiences to create, research exploration, insights development, problem framing and problem reframing, project road-mapping, concept development, prototyping, pitches, strategy, check-ins, and all the variations. There are specific tools for visioning, problem framing, and ideation etc.

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

Solving an innovation culture problem isn’t easy, but your solution had better include interesting, compelling, and fun, Projects. Projects are how cultures actually change. Self-expression is the faucet of creative thinking, and without creative thinking you won’t have much innovation. Are You Having Fun? Innovation Should Be Fun, Joyful, and About Playing With Concepts. The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. The following ten "ideation process best practices" are clues for you. How would you frame the question you want your creative team noodling on this week? Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. You're busy. I get it.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

This essential training for leaders and project managers provides answers, and from an industry thought leader. Innovation Intensive will help you improve the effectiveness of innovation projects. The course covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation tools, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. Streamlined management of innovation projects. It grows your capacity to run effective projects.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. Chicago, IL, August 1, 2018 — The MoshPit Innovation Service is an innovation project discovery service marketed by GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation). Ideas for innovation projects emerge from the intensive sessions. Digital Technology MoshPit finds undiscovered tactical and strategic innovation project ideas. This contemplative pre-ideation starts the group meeting at a more advanced stage of thinking.

Different Ideas Emerge From Different Doing

Gregg Fraley

To think differently, you need to organize ideation or strategy sessions — and the entire front end of innovation cycle — using different tools and techniques, different settings, new stimulus, new speakers, new and different everything. You need to embrace Different, and also it’s cousins, Risk and New to enliven innovation projects. For example, instead of doing a classic brainstorm, or ideation, do a MoshPit.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. The following ten "ideation process best practices" are clues for you. How would you frame the question you want your creative team noodling on this week? Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. You're busy. I get it.

Invest in Innovation Skill Building

Gregg Fraley

I thought by this year in history (2016) everyone in the business world would have a clue as to how to do ideation (aka brainstorming) properly. Training in basics like brainstorming, but also more advanced concepts like innovation cycle management, frameworks, and facilitation of innovation teams and projects. Well for one, groups I’ve witnessed routinely start ideation with vague questions — which pretty much dooms the session.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs of this blog post and will now cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or not understood by the members of your team. The following ten "ideation process best practices" are clues for you -- something to adapt to your particular company/team culture/ It's not like you have to implement all ten of them. You're busy. I get it.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

How do you integrate all this new fancy stuff into strategy and ideation to create actual projects? Innovating with digital technology requires a blended approach, truly diverse teams, training, and new ideation methods. Be certain that there is alignment from the top down around the desire to integrate digital tech and get projects underway. Teams need to be cross-silo, cross-functional, because digital tech ideas and projects spread across the entire value chain.

What PR Firms Say About Our Brainstorm Facilitation Training

Idea Champions

Idea Champions has trained quite a few PR and Marketing firms in the art and science of facilitating breakthrough brainstorming sessions. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Idea Champions' ability to quickly and effectively teach my colleagues and me how to facilitate brainstorming sessions changed the future of our business. Our success as a firm depends on our ability to think about tough challenges in new and creative ways, often on short timelines.

Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes

Gregg Fraley

Make a list.Partially done projects, that is, things you haven’t put fully into play, but there is active development, a plan and a commitment to launch the project, do count. Were there any ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to perceived risk? Were there ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to lack of resources? Are there innovation projects underway? Projects.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's also assume that you and your company are not at a loss for these BIG IDEAS -- that they regularly make their appearance via any number of ways: brainstorming sessions, early morning team meetings, or simply the spontaneous epiphanies of the wild and crazy people down the hall. The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. So are brainstorming sessions, late night noodling, and creative off-sites.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's also assume that you and your company are not at a loss for these BIG IDEAS -- that they regularly make their appearance via any number of ways: brainstorming sessions, early morning team meetings, or simply the spontaneous epiphanies of the wild and crazy people down the hall. The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. So are brainstorming sessions, late night noodling, and creative off-sites.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. How would you frame the question you want your creative team noodling on this week? Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. Goofy, incomplete briefs that send your creatives off on a wild goose chase. You're busy.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's also assume that you and your company are not at a loss for these BIG IDEAS -- that they regularly make their appearance via any number of ways: brainstorming sessions, early morning team meetings, or simply the spontaneous epiphanies of the wild and crazy people down the hall. The countless ways in which your company's "ideation process" routinely springs leaks. So are brainstorming sessions, late night noodling, and creative off-sites.

How to Keep Small Group Brainstorming On Track

Idea Champions

If you are planning to lead any kind of ideation or brainstorming session in the near future and will be dividing the group into sub-groups, here's one thing to keep in mind: No matter how clear the instructions you give or how much you reinforce the ground rules of brainstorming, there is a 95% chance that the small groups will default to any of the following instead of brainstorming: conversation, debate, storytelling, schmoozing, philosophizing, venting, and question-asking.

Six tools to improve your creativity during an innovation process

The BMI Lab Blog

Creativity is not a gift but a skill we can train with proper tools. When we introduce somebody to innovation methodologies, especially those focused on business models, the role of creativity topic usually comes up. The most common question is whether we need to use creativity or not to innovate. There is a short answer for this: The majority of the most successful innovation methodologies give creativity a strong role.

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How Online Whiteboards Create Lasting Innovation

IdeaScale

Online whiteboards provide the perfect alternative to an in-person collaboration experience and create a space where creativity and innovation are enabled to succeed. Because of the shared nature of online whiteboards, indecision declines when brainstorming innovative solutions.

Methods to Generate Ideas in Design Thinking

InnovationTraining.org

The Blue Ocean 4 Actions Framework is a very simple option for keeping brainstorming sessions focused and productive. So in this circle, place all of your team’s brainstorming ideas. The blank space is free space for brainstorming and other notes. Random Word Brainstorming.

Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

Gregg Fraley

It certainly doesn’t happen in most brainstorming sessions. Mash-Ups, in its various permutations, is a power tool and a fast path for combining disparate elements to creatively problem solve. An example is Janet Jackson’s “Got Till It’s Gone” (done with rapper Q-Tip) which creatively, and overtly, samples Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”. It’s that new pattern thinking, that new concept creation, that holds a lot of creative power. How to Do Mash-Ups for Innovation.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

It examines culture assessment, strategy, and on-going project management. In addition, it covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. Innovation team leaders and project managers learn what it takes to keep cycles spinning from year to year. More efficient management of innovation projects, including smarter team formation. Innovation Intensive .

Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

Essentially this is intensive, hands-on workshop that trains people in innovation frameworks, and tools for strategy, ideation, research, and project management. It’s a course for innovation project managers, consultants, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs who want to have more productive strategy, idea generation, and innovation action plans. One reason is they are now able to facilitate their own strategy and ideation sessions, that can save a lot of money.

Brainwriting Template

InnovationTraining.org

6-3-5 Brainwriting is a group-structured brainstorming technique that is a highly collaborative way to generate as many ideas as possible in groups within a short period of time. During each round, participants are asked to write down three ideas on the topic you’re brainstorming.