Brainstorming Meeting

Make the most of your brainstorming meeting, whether you’re in-person with sticky notes, or running a remote brainstorm.

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The purpose of a Brainstorming Meeting is to bring together a small group of participants with different perspectives to generate ideas around a well-defined question or problem.

As a best practice, the meeting facilitator should share a description of this question or problem in advance of the brainstorming session, along with contextual information including details about scope/constraints, examples of how the question has been addressed in the past, at the organization or elsewhere. These pre-reading materials will help ensure that everyone is on the same page.


1. Check-in ( 5 mins )

An opening check-in is a great way to get ideas flowing and help meeting participants connect with one another. Answer a thought-provoking prompt to spark creativity and strengthen team connectedness.

2. Problem Overview ( 5 mins )

Quickly review the information that was shared prior to the meeting. Do meeting participants have any clarifying questions about the problem at hand or past approaches?

3. Ideation ( 10 mins )

Generate ideas using a global “How might we…” prompt, or break the question into a few different prompts that people can address one at a time. Use sticky notes or an online tool like MURAL or FigJam.

4. “Gallery” walk ( 5 mins )

Skim through the ideas generated, and have people add comments, reactions, and pros/cons to each idea. Alternatively, you could do this portion asynchronously.

5. Check-out ( 5 mins )

Go around the (virtual) room and have participants respond to a thought-provoking team-building question to finish off the brainstorming session.

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