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Are you familiar with "Brainwriting" as a divergent tool for generating ideas?
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What are your thoughts on most appropriate use and benefit?
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Hi Dr. Lawrence: I had not heard of brainwriting before, so looked it up a bit. Looks like it is similar to brainstorming - which I use often for percolating ideas and generating options or alternatives with my team. It sounds like brainwriting starts with one person documenting their suggestions or ideas and passing those onto the next person and so on. Is that right? Do you use this? Do you find this helpful?
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1 reply by Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
Sep 13, 2017 7:23 AM
Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
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As a master facilitator of creativity and creative problem solving, I use this divergent (idea generating) tool often...why? Because it gives team members a time to reflect on ideas and deliberately build on other thoughts.

The tool helps deal teams in which shy, quiet members are being overshadowed by more vocal ones.

It also helps generates more ideas because everyone is working simultaneously.

Thanks for looking into it!
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Teresa -

I've used brainwriting for both identifying pain points and for identifying improvement ideas as part of an LSS process improvement project.

It works well as it overcomes some of the bias-related limitations of traditional brainstorming. When you use it for identifying pain points it has similar benefits to use of the 5 Whys.

It does require more preparation (I shudder at the effort required to setup the Post-It notes on different sheets of paper and then entering the information afterwards into a spreadsheet or other online repository) but when used effectively it is a big step forward compared with brainstorming.

Kiron
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1 reply by Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
Sep 13, 2017 7:27 AM
Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
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Set up can be a bit daunting...the benefit of being able to "Hit/Cluster/Restate" (a convergent tool) when using Post Its is powerful.
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Sounds interesting!
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Just easier to group the Post It's and Use Affinity Diagram instead.
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1 reply by Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
Sep 13, 2017 7:25 AM
Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
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It is a different tool that should be selected as appropriate. For example - when the team is running low on ideas, more vocal team members are dominating or to be inclusive of team members that are not co-located.

Are you open to this new thinking?
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Sep 12, 2017 7:00 PM
Replying to LORI WILSON
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Hi Dr. Lawrence: I had not heard of brainwriting before, so looked it up a bit. Looks like it is similar to brainstorming - which I use often for percolating ideas and generating options or alternatives with my team. It sounds like brainwriting starts with one person documenting their suggestions or ideas and passing those onto the next person and so on. Is that right? Do you use this? Do you find this helpful?
As a master facilitator of creativity and creative problem solving, I use this divergent (idea generating) tool often...why? Because it gives team members a time to reflect on ideas and deliberately build on other thoughts.

The tool helps deal teams in which shy, quiet members are being overshadowed by more vocal ones.

It also helps generates more ideas because everyone is working simultaneously.

Thanks for looking into it!
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Sep 12, 2017 10:00 PM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy, PMP®
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Just easier to group the Post It's and Use Affinity Diagram instead.
It is a different tool that should be selected as appropriate. For example - when the team is running low on ideas, more vocal team members are dominating or to be inclusive of team members that are not co-located.

Are you open to this new thinking?
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Sep 13, 2017 7:29 AM
Stéphane Parent
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"Are you open to this new thinking?"

That's a great question to ask ourselves and others, Teresa.

I find, as a mentor, my focus should be to teach my protégés how to think about their life and issues. The hard part is for them to give you and themselves permission to that.
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Sep 12, 2017 7:35 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Teresa -

I've used brainwriting for both identifying pain points and for identifying improvement ideas as part of an LSS process improvement project.

It works well as it overcomes some of the bias-related limitations of traditional brainstorming. When you use it for identifying pain points it has similar benefits to use of the 5 Whys.

It does require more preparation (I shudder at the effort required to setup the Post-It notes on different sheets of paper and then entering the information afterwards into a spreadsheet or other online repository) but when used effectively it is a big step forward compared with brainstorming.

Kiron
Set up can be a bit daunting...the benefit of being able to "Hit/Cluster/Restate" (a convergent tool) when using Post Its is powerful.
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Sep 13, 2017 7:25 AM
Replying to Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
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It is a different tool that should be selected as appropriate. For example - when the team is running low on ideas, more vocal team members are dominating or to be inclusive of team members that are not co-located.

Are you open to this new thinking?
"Are you open to this new thinking?"

That's a great question to ask ourselves and others, Teresa.

I find, as a mentor, my focus should be to teach my protégés how to think about their life and issues. The hard part is for them to give you and themselves permission to that.
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1 reply by Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
Sep 13, 2017 7:31 AM
Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
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Indeed! Modeling is key.
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Sep 13, 2017 7:29 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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"Are you open to this new thinking?"

That's a great question to ask ourselves and others, Teresa.

I find, as a mentor, my focus should be to teach my protégés how to think about their life and issues. The hard part is for them to give you and themselves permission to that.
Indeed! Modeling is key.

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