Audience: People seeking ideas to address a problem or opportunity.
Suggested Time: 10 minutes.
There are many ways to spice up brainstorming, from getting people to type their input onto a common electronic whiteboard to getting people to rotate between different small groups at intervals.
I like to spice up brainstorming by asking people to do it really quickly.
The rules for Speed Storming are a lot like those for any brainstorming, but with tight deadlines. You might wish to use a PC-based tool like the timer at www.online-stopwatch.com, or if you have a smartphone there will certainly be a timing app.
The rules are:
Identify the Topic
Admire others’ contributions
Make constructive suggestions
Build on Ideas
Pay attention to others’ input
Make suggestions that ‘grow’ ideas
Make BIG suggestions
Say ‘I think we could …’
Or ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we …’
Instead of ‘Yes but’, say ‘Yes and’
Make a suggestion & move on
A scribe writes the ideas down
(Number the suggestions)
Leaders go last
Everyone puts in
Be clear on the topic
Assign a scribe & timekeeper
Select the Top 3 (only 3!)
List actions with due dates
YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES!
Then you'll have 3 minutes to select your Top 3 & write brief action plans for each.
I have used this approach with students in an innovation lecture. The topic I set is "Mobile phone batteries suck", and they tend to have lots of ideas to overcome or avoid this issue.
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This can be a great quick activity to get people to participate in small groups.