Throughout the early stages of your project, your team will have to answer several "what", "why", and "how" questions. One of the best ways to do this is to brainstorm. The following information is provided by the Studio to aid you in this endeavor.
- Collect as many ideas as possible from all participants with
no criticisms or judgments made while ideas are being
- All ideas are welcome no matter how silly or far out they
seem. Be creative. The more ideas the better because at this
point you don't know what might work.
- Absolutely no discussion takes place during the brainstorming
activity. Talking about the ideas will take place after
brainstorming is complete.
- Do not criticize or judge. Don't even groan, frown, or
laugh. All ideas are equally valid at this point.
- Do build on others' ideas.
- Do write all ideas on a flipchart or board so the whole group
can easily see them.
- Set a time limit (i.e., 30 minutes) for the brainstorming.
- One team member should review the topic of the brainstorm
using "why", "how", or "what" questions.
The topic for the brainstorm is developing a training course on automobiles. What should we focus on as the content?
- Everyone should think about the question silently for a few
moments. Each person might want to jot down his/her ideas on
a sheet of paper.
(1) Types of cars; (2) Parts of cars; (3) Car manufacturers; (4) Categories of cars; (5) How cars work.
- Everyone suggests ideas by calling them out. Another way is to
go around the room and have each person read an idea from
his/her list until all ideas have been written on the board or
flipchart. (Note: The team member in charge of the
brainstorming session should be enforcing the rules.)
- One team member writes down all ideas on board or flipchart.
Making the final selection:
- When all the ideas have been recorded, combine ideas as much
as possible, but only when the original contributors agree.
(1) Types of cars and (4) Categories of cars (from example under #2 above) are really the same, so number 4 is eliminated.
- Number all of the ideas.
- Each member votes on the ideas by making a list of the numbers
of the ideas he/she thinks are important or should be
discussed further. This list should contain no more than one
third of the total number of ideas.
- After counting the votes, cross out ideas with only one or two
votes. Then vote again until only a few ideas remain(i.e., 3
or 4). If there is no clear-cut winner, then vote again or
discuss the remaining ideas and determine which idea best
answers the original question.
tudio 1151 Guidebook by Karen McNally and Alan Levine
Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI)
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