Quickly generate and iterate on ideas as a group
Brainwriting is a popular and effective brainstorming technique that encourages rapid idea generation through inviting participants to write down and iterate on ideas.
Unlike traditional, unstructured brainstorming where participants are yelling out ideas — often leading to only the loudest ideas being heard — brainwriting takes a quieter, more inclusive approach to brainstorming.
How to it works
Step 1: Add your participants names to the top row of sticky notes and invite them to the board.
Step 2: Introduce the topic of the brainstorm, and set a timer for 5 minutes for the first round of brainstorming where each participant is asked to contribute one idea.
Step 3: Ask your participants to look at the idea that was contributed by the person to their right. Start the timer again for 5 minutes and ask each participant to add a sticky below that either adds to or improves upon the idea.
Step 4: Repeat this process a few more rounds, and discuss the ideas as a group.
Brainwriting is particularly helpful when:
- You have too large of a group for effective traditional brainstorming
- You have particularly quiet participants, or participants who prefer individual activities
- You are limited on time and want to generate as many ideas as you can
- You have, or are, an inexperienced moderator
The Brainwriting template will help you:
- Generate many ideas in a short amount of time
- Bring structure to a brainstorm that allows for quieter voices to be heard
- Walk away with ideas and solutions to problems that several people have already spent iterating and improving upon