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.

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

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. To scaffold thinking, participants should explore the domain first, and related domains, before group ideation. This might include brainstorming alone, prior to a group session. This done before ideation. To innovate: learn, scaffold, ideate. Innovation is Learning.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Brainstorming with Innovator Dan Pick

Betterific

” 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!

An Innovation Market Can Find Your Next Winner

Destination Innovation

These might be the top choices from brainstorm sessions or from your internal suggestions scheme or from external contributors. When people have seen all the presentations they vote – in secret so that no-one can see which is currently the most popular project.

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.

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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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.

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. Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. How can you upgrade the quality and impact of your in-house brainstorming sessions? You're busy. I get it.

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. In the various types of innovation training that GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation) does, it’s interesting that stop-action Improv scenes lead to amazingly effective brainstorming. Are You Having Fun? Innovation Should Be Fun, Joyful, and About Playing With Concepts.

Why Leaders Shouldn't Lead Brainstorming Sessions

Idea Champions

Here's one of the dirty little secrets of corporate brainstorm sessions: When they are led by upper management, department heads, or project leaders, they usually get manipulated. Because honchos and honchettes are so heavily invested in the topic being brainstormed, it is common for them to bend the collective genius of the group to their own particular point of view. That's why brainstorm facilitators need to remain neutral. High Velocity Brainstorming.

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.

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. Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. How can you upgrade the quality and impact of your in-house brainstorming sessions? You're busy. I get it.

Why Leaders Shouldn't Lead Brainstorming Sessions

Idea Champions

Here's one of the dirty little secrets of corporate brainstorm sessions: When they are led by upper management, department heads, or project leaders, they usually get manipulated. Because honchos and honchettes are so heavily invested in the topic being brainstormed, it is common for them to bend the collective genius of the group to their own particular point of view. That's why brainstorm facilitators need to remain neutral. High Velocity Brainstorming.

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.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

I’m also a bit weary of chasing or developing the latest, greatest, and most sophisticated tool for ideation. Beyond real world projects, I’ve studied the literature, theory, frameworks, strategy, thinking tools, facilitation, assessments, research, project management, team dynamics, and even improvisation. It’s all useful, but you can drown trying to make it useful in projects. Deliberate, realized, built-into-projects, creativity.

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.

Why Leaders Shouldn't Lead Brainstorming Sessions

Idea Champions

Here's one of the dirty little secrets of corporate brainstorm sessions: When they are led by upper management, department heads, or project leaders, they usually get manipulated. Because honchos and honchettes are so heavily invested in the topic being brainstormed, it is common for them to bend the collective genius of the group to their own particular point of view. That's why brainstorm facilitators need to remain neutral. High Velocity Brainstorming.

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. The learnings from that session instantly changed the way we run our ideation sessions -- both internally and externally with our clients.

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.

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. Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. If your Account Services department (or whoever writes project briefs) delivers vague, incomplete, or hard-to-read briefs to your "creatives", you got trouble in River City. You're busy.

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.

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.

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.

How Online Whiteboards Create Lasting Innovation

IdeaScale

You may experience a brilliant spark of innovation and ideation and lose it just a minute later, or you can commit to incorporating new changes into your business plan and soon after forget the important steps. Without this, it’s much harder for people to come together and ideate as a team.

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 .

Design Thinking for Teachers

InnovationTraining.org

Design thinking often consists of five commonly used steps : Empathize Define Ideate Prototype Test. Step three is about generating ideas and brainstorming around the problem. This video showcases three projects developed using the design thinking method.

Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

Gregg Fraley

It certainly doesn’t happen in most brainstorming sessions. I say “expert” here because this is not a concept every brainstorming facilitator knows or can do, it’s an advanced technique. Remember also the classic brainstorming rule of deferring judgment while diverging. Getting groups into truly generative mode is a key to successful brainstorming. Teams can brainstorm ideas directly onto the worksheets, or around them on the wall mural.

6 Creative Innovation Exercises for Online Whiteboards

IdeaScale

Engaging in exercises that visually and mentally push your limits is important to flex your creative muscles, but also help highlight details or changes in a project that you wouldn’t have noticed before.

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.

What is Invision Freehand?

InnovationTraining.org

From Miro , Mural , Stormboard , Conceptboard , and FigJam , there are many different digital collaboration tools out there that can help you brainstorm and ideate with your design thinking teams. Brainstorming templates.