Conducting a Project Brainstorming Session
By Shea Heaver
A good brainstorming session is a great way to kickstart or infuse a project, idea, dormant product etc…
When humans openly meet face-to-face, ideas happen. A well orchestrated project brainstorming session can deliver unimaginable results and exhibits the power of people collaborating on a topic.
Follow the tips below to help capture all those brilliant ideas at your next project brainstorming session.
- Have the right tools at hand. You should try to have: An easel, large flip charts, flipchart markers, color coding labels, etc… (If you are technically advanced you may have one of those whiteboards that can be copied to a computer, saved and printed)
- If there is a large group at the meeting you may want to consider having 2 or more people assigned to capture the ideas.
- Bring visuals and other aids that will facilitate inspiration if possible. For example, if the meeting is to come up with ideas for a new website design, ensure an internet connected PC is available to review the current website and what competitors are doing.
- Identify the topic(s) for discussion and write it boldly on the flip chart or somewhere else within the meeting room.
- At the onset of the meeting make it a point to remind all attendees that there is no such thing as a bad idea. During the meeting try to refrain the group from judging ideas as they are brought up but instead capture each and every idea.
- At the end of the meeting ask each attendee to nominate their top 3-5 ideas either verbally or by coming up and putting a mark next to that idea. The idea(s) with the most interest and appeal will become very apparent.
Shea Heaver, PMP is the creator and owner of the Satisfaction @ Work website.
He has worked across a broad spectrum of diversified cultures, projects, organizations and business processes on a local, national and global scale.
Satisfaction @ Work is a concept we should all strive for and is the index that is at the core of the ‘An Even Better Place to Work’ program.