Thoughts on Meetings

The Law of Triviality. Briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.

Generating Ideas

Nominal Group Technique For Generating Ideas Anonymously

Purpose: Generate ideas anonymously
Time estimate: 15 or more minutes
Supplies needed: One flip chart and markers, index cards, and writing instrument (all with same color ink)
Suggested group size: 4-15 people

Step #1 Give the group a challenge question. Ask for any clarifying questions. Designate someone to serve as the recorder.

Step #2 Hand out blank index cards to everyone in the group. Give the members 3-5 minutes to write one idea on each card. Individuals who do not have an idea can leave the card blank.

Step #3 The cards are collected and shuffled, taking care not to show the source of the ideas. The recorder transcribes the ideas on to the flip chart.

Step #4 Any member is permitted to propose rewording an item, eliminating a duplicate item, or combining similar items into one. But if anyone objects to the proposed change, the proposal process stops.

Step #5 Repeat steps 2-4 several times until an idea-generating round turns up only blank cards.

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