Add quiet ideation to your brainstorm to generate and improve upon ideas.
About the Brainwriting Template
What is brainwriting?
Instead of asking participants to yell out ideas during your
When to use brainwriting
In traditional brainstorms, often the loudest ideas win. Brainwriting is an exercise that not only helps introverted people be heard, but it allows you to think of more ideas than you would if you were just shouting out. Plus, quiet ideation encourages more
Start using the Brainwriting Template
Step 1: Add your participants’ names to a column of sticky notes and invite them to the board.
Step 2: Introduce the problem, and use the Timer to set a 5 minute limit on the first round of brainwriting.
Step 3: When the Timer dings, tell participants to move their ideas to the person on the right. Then start the timer again, and ask participants to add stickies below the ideas that add to or improve upon the ideas.
Step 4: Do this for a few more rounds, then facilitate a discussion with the team on all the ideas you come up with. You can even vote on ideas or group them to see which are the most feasible.
Research Topic Brainstorm Template
Coming up with a topic for a research project can be a daunting task. Use the Research Topic Brainstorm template to take a general idea and transform it into something concrete. With the Research Topic Brainstorm template, you can compile a list of general ideas that interest you and then break them into component parts. You can then turn those parts into questions that might be the focus for a research project.
Assumption Grid Template
Someone wise once said that nothing in life is certain. But the waters of the business world? It can seem especially uncertain and unclear. An Assumption Grid can help you navigate those waters and make your decisions confidently. It organizes your business ideas according to the certainty and risk of each — then your team can discuss them and make judgment calls, prioritize, mitigate risk, and overcome uncertainties. That’s why an Assumption Grid is a powerful tool for getting past the decision paralysis that every team occasionally faces.
Card Sorting Template
Card sorting is a brainstorming technique typically used by design teams but applicable to any brainstorm or team. The method is designed to facilitate more efficient and creative brainstorms. In a card sorting exercise, you and your team create groups out of content, objects, or ideas. You begin by labeling a deck of cards with information related to the topic of the brainstorm. Working as a group or individuals, you then sort the cards in a way that makes sense to you, then label each group with a short description. Card sorting allows you to form unexpected but meaningful connections between ideas.
Reverse Brainstorming Template
Reverse brainstorming is a technique that prompts a group to think of problems, rather than solutions. Because we naturally think of problems, it’s a great way to get a group to anticipate problems that may occur during a project. To engage in reverse brainstorming, start by identifying the problem, and then think of things that might exacerbate it. Ask your team to generate ideas around ways in which the problem could get worse. Reverse the problems into solutions again, and then evaluate your ideas.
Venn Diagram Template
Venn Diagrams have been a staple of business meetings and presentations since the 1800s, and there’s a good reason why. Venn diagrams provide a clear, effective way to visually showcase relationships between datasets. They serve as a helpful visual aid in brainstorming sessions, meetings, and presentations. You start by drawing a circle containing one concept, and then draw an overlapping circle containing another concept. In the space where the circles overlap, you can make note of the concepts’ similarities. In the space where they do not, you can make note of their differences.
Mind Map Template
We see you, visual learners. You grasp concepts and understand data easier when they're presented in well-organized, memorable graphics. Mind mapping is perfect for you. This powerful brainstorming tool presents concepts or ideas as a tree — with the central subject as the trunk and your many ideas and subtopics as the branches. This template is a fast, effective way for you to start mind mapping, which can help you and your team become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively.