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Generate and develop new ideas.


Bring people together to spark creativity and use a creativity technique to ensure a creative flow among the participants. Accept any ideas; filtering can be done in a later step. Build upon each other’s ideas, even bad ones. Avoid idea killers like early criticism.


  • An activity plan.
  • A shared problem statement and rules.
  • An anything goes mindset: bad ideas also count as a contribution.

In practice

Companies use brainstorming techniques like nominal group technique or directed brainstorming.

Phase(s) of use

In the following project phase(s) brainstorm can be used:

  • Realisation
  • Problem-definition