Reverse BrainstormingReverse Brainstorming

Reverse Brainstorming Template

Reverse your thinking in order to find the solution to a problem.

About the Reverse Brainstorming Template

What is reverse brainstorming?

Reverse brainstorming is a technique that prompts a group to think of problems, rather than solutions. Because humans naturally think of problems, it’s a great way to get a group to anticipate problems that may occur during a project.

How it works

Here's how to lead a brainstorm using the reverse brainstorming method:

  • Start by identifying the problem. 

  • Write down a description of it so it’s clear for each participant.

  • Next, reverse the problem.

  •  Instead of thinking of solutions to the problem, think of causes or things that could happen to make the problem worse.

  • Now, collect ideas from your participants.

  •  Ask your team to generate ideas around ways in which the problem could get worse. There are no bad ideas—accept every possible scenario your team can think of, and don’t offer criticism.

  • Reverse ideas again.

  •  By now, you have several ideas. Discuss them, and reverse them again, into solutions to those problems.

  • Lastly, evaluate the ideas. 

  • Now is the time to evaluate which ideas are feasible. As a group, decide what the best solution will be to your original problem. When to use reverse brainstorming

Reverse brainstorming is a great method to use in several scenarios. For example, when people have trouble coming up with ideas quickly, or if participants come into the brainstorm with strong opinions that might hinder the free flow of new ideas. It can also be useful if your team is highly analytical.

By reversing the problem to focus on the cause, or looking at ways the problem could get worse, it helps identify solutions more easily. After all, humans identify problems so much more easily than they can think of solutions. This reverse thinking can help lead you to groundbreaking solutions.

Try the Reverse Brainstorming Template

Miro's virtual canvas is a great tool for your brainstorm. Here’s how you can start reverse brainstorming using this template:

Step 1: Open the template to start customizing it for your reverse brainstorming session. Start by identifying the problem.

Step 2: Invite your group to join the reverse brainstorm. Be sure to explain the process before you get started.

Step 3: Use the template to move through the reverse brainstorming process with your team.

Reverse Brainstorming Template

Get started with this template right now. It’s free

Related Templates
Meeting Notes ThumbnailMeeting Notes Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

Meeting Notes

When your meeting is a success (and Miro will help make sure it is), participation will run high, brilliant ideas will be had, and decisions will be made. Make sure you don’t miss a single one — use our meeting notes template to track notes and feedback in a centralized place that the whole team can access. Just assign a notetaker before the meeting, identify the discussion topics, and let the notetaker take down the participants, important points covered, and any decisions made.

Meeting Notes
PI Planning ThumbnailPI Planning Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

PI Planning

PI planning stands for “program increment planning.” Part of a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), PI planning helps teams strategize toward a shared vision. In a typical PI planning session, teams get together to review a program backlog, align cross-functionally, and decide on next steps. Many teams carry out a PI planning event every 8 to 12 weeks, but you can customize your planning schedule to fit your needs. Use PI planning to break down features, identify risks, find dependencies, and decide which stories you’re going to develop.

PI Planning
sipoc-thumb-websipoc-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

SIPOC

A SIPOC diagram maps a process at a high level by identifying the potential gaps between suppliers and input specifications and between customers and output specifications, and thereby defines the scope of process improvement activities. The acronym SIPOC stands for Suppliers (sources), Input, Process, Output, and Customers. SIPOC identifies feedback and feed-forward loops between customers, suppliers, and the processes, and jump-starts the team to think in terms of cause and effect. Use this visual tool to document the working process from beginning to end.

SIPOC
Daily Standup ThumbnailDaily Standup Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

Daily Standup

The entire team meets to review the day before and discuss the day ahead. These daily meetings, also known as “scrums,” are brief but powerful — they identify roadblocks, give each team member a voice, foster collaboration, keep progress on track, and ultimately keep teams working together effectively. This template makes it so easy for you to plan daily standups for your sprint team. It all starts with picking a date and time, creating an agenda, and sticking with the same format throughout the sprint.

Daily Standup
PEST Analysis ThumbnailPEST Analysis Thumbnail
PreviewMore info

PEST Analysis

A big step in keeping your company on a secure path is to know how different elements and factors might affect you, in the near term and in the future. These include political, economic, social, and technological factors — and a PEST Analysis helps you identify and prepare for them. With this easy-to-use template, you can conduct a PEST Analysis, then use the results to shape your strategic planning, budget allocation, marketing, product updates, and organizational change initiatives.

PEST Analysis
product-positioning-thumb-webproduct-positioning-thumb-web
PreviewMore info

Product Positioning

For better or for worse, your company’s chances for success hinge partially on your market. As such, before you start building products and planning strategies, it’s a good idea to conduct a product positioning exercise. A product positioning exercise is designed to situate your company and your offering within a market. The product positioning template guides you to consider key topics such as defining your product and market category, identifying your target segment and competitors, and understanding your key benefits and differentiation.

Product Positioning