Rules for brainstorming? Are you sure?
Yes, most definitely. Every game has rules even if they are made up along the way.
Is brainstorming a game?
If we treat it as such, with rules, then the best ideas will win. Note: the ideas win! Not the people who play, the ideas!
- Generate as Many Ideas as Possible
- Encourage Wild and Exaggerated Ideas, No Matter How Crazy, Ridiculous, or Farfetched the Idea Might Be
- There will be No Detailed Discussions about an Idea, Except to Provide Clarification
- Assign Someone as the Scribe. The Scribe Should Write Down Every Idea – No Screening
- Keep a Copy of the Rules in Plain View (That's called transparency!)
- The Brainstorming List Must Be Visible to Everyone (also transparency!)
- Snowballing on Other Ideas is Encouraged
- Postpone and Withhold Judgment of Any Idea (Yes, this will be a tough one)
- Leave Your Titles at the Door (and likely the hardest!)
- The Optimum Number of People is Between 8 And 12, with One-Third of the Group Being Outsiders
Would you like to play?
Note: the rules come from Mark L Fox and his book DaVinci and the 40 Answers