Set brainstorming rules

Let the creativity of each participant emerge by encouraging purposeful dialogue and wild thinking.

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Preparation
10 mins
Delivery
15 mins

Set brainstorming rules

Let the creativity of each participant emerge by encouraging purposeful dialogue and wild thinking.

Preparation:
10 mins
Facilitation:
15 mins

What is it

To provide a positive environment for participants to share their ideas, setting ground rules for brainstorming is essential. This will foster team collaboration and lead to more creative solutions.

How to do it

1 Explain the rules

With the presentation: Download, project and go through the Brainstorming rules ↓ presentation with the entire Jam group.

Without the presentation: Explain the following rules:

  • Don't criticise: Let ideas run. There will be time later to select and refine ideas.
  • Go for quantity: Keep ideas on a high level. Give enough explanation so that others can understand the main idea. Don’t dwell on details.
  • Build on each other’s ideas: Ask participants to develop what someone has pointed out. Small improvements can make big changes.
  • Encourage wild thinking: Participants that start with “I know this might sound crazy but…” could be on to a successful idea.
  • Be visual: Don’t be afraid to draw. Anyone can do it, not only designers. Words can describe what we’re imagining, but a diagram can help develop ideas faster and more collaboratively.
2 Encourage turn-taking

Remind participants to be mindful of others in the brainstorm. Encourage the silent types and make sure every participant’s opinion is heard.

What you will need

  • Pens

  • Post-it notes

  • Paper

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