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Brainstorming / Filtering
Generate lots of ideas and filter them against your criteria
Lay out the rules of brainstorming, and the goal: To generate lots of new ideas which will be filtered
Let people write down their ideas for 5-10 minutes
Go around the table repeatedly always asking one idea each, until all ideas are on the flip chart
Now ask for filters (e.g. cost, time investment, uniqueness of concept, brand appropriateness, ...). Let the group choose 4.
Apply each filter and mark ideas that pass all 4.
Which ideas will the group carry forward? Does someone feel strongly about one of the ideas?Otherwise use majority vote.
The selected ideas enter Phase 4.
Set the stage
Emoticon Project Gauge
Help team members express their feelings about a project and address root causes early
Prepare a flipchart with faces expressing various emotions such as:
shocked / surprised
nervous / stressed
unempowered / constrained
Let each team member choose how they feel about the project. This is a fun and effective way to surface problems early. You can address them in the subsequent phases.
Set the stage
Create a happiness histogram to get people talking
Prepare a flip chart with a horizontal scale from 1 (Unhappy) to 5 (Happy).
One team member after the other places their sticky note according to their happiness and comment on their placement
If anything noteworthy comes from the reason, let the team choose to either discuss it there and then or postpone it for later in the retrospective
If someone else has the same score, they place their sticky above the placed one, effectively forming a histogram
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