Rapid Ideation

Rapid Ideation – Building Big Ideas In No Time At All


Ideas can often snowball rapidly, especially if those involved are encouraged to think quickly without fear of judgment. Rapid ideation uses the power of groups to create a volume of new ideas/solutions that can be evaluated shortly thereafter.

To get started, assemble a group of at least 3-4 people who may be directly, or even indirectly, involved with your project. Then, find a space that is conducive to your session (warning: these sessions can sometimes get loud — so be considerate of your neighbours) and get ready to write/sketch fast using a Post-it® Dry Erase Product or Post-it® Big Note sheet.

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    Before inviting participants to come up with ideas, take 10 minutes to discuss your audience. Who are they? What do they want? What do they need? Briefly role-play as a group, put yourself in their shoes and start addressing the realities of the situation.


    Generate ideas

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    Next, spend 20 minutes discussing the scope of the project. What are its budget and time parameters? How can these parameters potentially shift? Think of best and worse-case scenarios to set the framework for your discussion.

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    Now it’s time to go! Use the next 40 minutes to brainstorm ideas/concepts that address your project’s needs. Have everyone in your group participate and encourage them to write/sketch their ideas to help articulate their points.

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    The final step to this process is testing. Spend 20 minutes examining the ideas you've come up with, and filter out the ones that don’t necessarily address your project's goals. Then, act out the best ones from the viewpoint of your audience — how would your audience interact with your idea? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Sketch out a user-flow to refer to as necessary.

    Final step

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    Finally, record the session by taking photos/documenting your rapid ideation session. This will serve as a resource/framework to keeping your ideas focused and action-oriented.

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