Meetings want to suck. Two of their favorite suckiness tactics are group brainstorming and group negotiation
- Note (5min: each person writes down their own list)
- Self-edit (2min: each picks couple favorites to share)
- Share and capture (no discussion)
- Vote (5min: each person privately chooses 1 favorite from the list
- Share and capture: no changing your vote!
- Decide: Who is the Decider? She should make the final call–not the group. She can choose to respect the votes or not.
- Rejoice. That only took 15 minutes!
Meetings rarely offer individuals time to focus and think.
I'm dubious about the output-quality.
- update: I can see this working as the 1st phase of a meeting, where you then discuss/refactor the "winning" handful, and then have some process of decision-making that ignores the relative votes from the 1st round...
- pivot to Opportunity Solution Tree: you could ask "what problem is idea1 solving?", generate the combined list of problems/opportunities
- then ask "are these all the Opportunities? or at least the Biggest Opportunities?"
- "Which of these is the single Biggest Opportunity? Which ideas were associated with that one? Can we generate other Solution ideas for that Opportunity?"
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