Generate ideas quickly as a team with this brainstorming template
With this template created by the Xbox Research & Design Team, you’ll spark creativity and invite a diverse set of perspectives to your brainstorming session.
You don’t need to start from scratch. Use this brainstorming tool from Xbox design team to:
- Prepare a productive brainstorming session
- Create an inclusive environment so everyone has a voice
- Gather ideas from your teammates
- Vote on the best ideas to prioritize next steps
Step 1: Prepare for the session
Prior to your brainstorming activities, be deliberate about your invite list to make sure that a diverse set of perspectives are included and that all necessary business disciplines are represented. Getting input early in the process helps you get in front of future problems and design the best experiences. Assign someone ahead of time as the facilitator.
Fill out the summary section and send a link out ahead of your meeting inviting attendees to review and add to the inspiration section.
Step 2: Kick it off by writing your goals and review them as a team
Set yourself up for success by reviewing project goals to make sure everyone is aligned on the problem you’re seeking to solve. For example: Who is the audience of the output of his session? Is this about an explicit feature or more of an inspirational session? Set up your attendees to have a shared clarity as to the intended output of this exercise.
Step 3: Sketch or write ideas
Now that you are aligned, take 15 minutes to individually brainstorm as many ideas as you can. Get creative and push your thinking beyond straightforward solutions.
Step 4: Ask each teammate to present their ideas
Take approximately 30 minutes to share ideas with each other. Encourage each participant to both talk and listen so that all voices can be heard. The only bad ideas are the ones that aren’t shared.
Step 5: Cluster and vote on your favorite ideas
Spend time during the session to cluster ideas and concepts. Prepare to hear great ideas that don’t fall in line with your goals. Don’t lose or ignore those - there may be some gems. Acknowledge and park them for later reference.
Use Freehand Reactions (the smile icon on your toolbar) to vote for three of your favorite ideas. Add a reaction to the ideas you think should be ideated further. Cast all your votes for one great idea, or split them across multiple areas.