Brainstorming is a tool that helps to encourage creativity in your team. When managing projects a leader may need to stimulate creativity to identify alternative approaches and possible solutions, before focusing energy on a small number of high potential ideas. Brainstorming can help to generate new insights and innovative ideas.
- When you're defining the scope of a project…and the possible solutions,…you need to be creative.…Like Einstein once said, "We cannot solve our problems…"with the same thinking we used…"when we created them."…Creativity has business value.…Sometimes, teams get stuck.…Other times, they can get excited…and get busy working on one solution,…only to find out later…that there was a much better way…to accomplish the same thing.…A good project leader can save their sponsor…a lot of time, money, and effort…by helping their teams be creative from the very start.…
Brainstorming is a simple exercise…that makes it almost easy…for even the most rigid team…to experience the power of creative thinking.…Brainstorming is such a powerful tool…because it taps into the knowledge and experience…of the entire team,…and as one of my friends says all the time,…"None of us is as smart as all of us."…But to get the full value out of brainstorming,…you need to get everyone fully engaged.…
And there are some specific things…that you should and shouldn't do…
- Name who is responsible for approving the resources for the project.
- Recall what the spine of a fishbone diagram represents.
- List characteristics of the environment.
- Identify the tools used for mapping processes.
- Recognize what needs to be captured on the action item list.
- Recall what project metrics should be related to.
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