our schedule: 8.30am: we start
about collaboration, why it’s good, collaboration basics & brainstorming activity 10am-ish: coffee break. yay! war stories and examples, consensus activity, Q&A 11.30am: we end
. turn ‘stakeholders’ or a
‘customers’ into a collaborative partners . build collaboration into your project methodology - collaborate regularly with your project team . collaborate with your peers (people who do the same thing as you) invite other expert perspectives . consider wildcard collaborators from outside your field, think tangentally (what other kind of person might have a useful perspective?
when to collaborate? • at
the beginning of a project • not JUST at the beginning! • when you’re stuck (trouble shooting/ problem solving) - narrow focus • when you’re looking for inspiration - broad focus • regularly!
collaboration tools? • people (the
right ones!) • sticky notes & marker pens • whiteboards/flip charts • fun stuff (stimulus) • sugar (if it’s the afternoon) • an objective • techniques!!
the (usual) brainstorming rules •
what’s the problem/question • appoint a facilitator & a scribe • listen more than you talk • listen for your own ideas • add value to others ideas • suspend judgement • have fun....
sticky note basics • one
idea per sticky note • a sticky note must be able to ‘stand alone’ • use colours coding and other coding for ‘traceability’ • make sure your sticky notes photograph well by: • choosing the right marker for your sticky note • writing in capital letters
the brief your client is
a pizza restaurant chain who wants to develop an iPhone application that will help either grow their sales or reduce their costs. as a team, brainstorm ideas to meet their brief that you might develop into a product pitch to them. (note: any excellent ideas are all yours to keep, but feel free to give me 5% of profits. That would be nice! )
brainstorming rules • what’s the
problem/question • appoint a facilitator & a scribe • listen more than you talk • listen for your own ideas • add value to others ideas • suspend judgement • NO QUESTIONS • ‘I wish...’ or ‘How to...’ • have fun....
the method 1. determine the
focus question 2. get ‘opinions’ / ‘ideas’ etc. onto stickies 3. affinity sort into groups 4. name groups 5. vote on group importance (three votes) 6. rank groups (two by two)
the brief take your ideas
from the brainstorm (for the pizza restaurant). You need to decide what to pitch to your client. Affinity sort your ideas to consolidate into a concept, then vote and rank using the KJ Method for Consensus to decide which are the top concepts to develop.
the method 1. determine the
focus question 2. get ‘opinions’ / ‘ideas’ etc. onto stickies 3. affinity sort into groups • 4. name groups 5. vote on group importance (three votes) 6. rank groups (two by two)