Brainstorm group size?
Today is another installment of German class, so in a few hours I will either feel better making a small step forward, or I will try to set a new speed record on the bike for the return trip via frustration. Time will tell.
Someone asked about the formal size and style for a brainstorm group. I think some of the readers think that the idea of a larger group of people working as one is a good idea for brainstorming new ideas. I have found that when you get in groups that are greater than 7 people, the quality and productivity of a group fall drastically.
If you are looking for brand new, or actual invention, the brainstorm group usually is one person breaking off by themselves, and then coming back into a group of 3-5 people in a sort of wave like pattern of meeting, reviewing the problems, looking at various solutions and crafting new ideas.
Many times I hear brainstorming fails in corporations and the truth is, it will, as the idea of what brainstorming is for, somehow is pushed into time limits, or has a larger group with one or two people fighting not for what might be the best or new idea – but their idea.
Another reason is simply, many people really don’t know how to just let go and fire out ideas. Extroverts tend to do this almost instinctively and will bash out ideas. On the other hand, introverts tend to be quiet and need time to think. That is why trying to force an idea usually fails. While a time limit brainstorm is a technique or tool one can use to help trigger some path for ideas, usually it doesn’t work effectively as a long-term solution.
So what you have is a small group of people working together where ideally there is no time limit, and there is room to try and play with whatever ideas come flying out during that time to solve, or come up with ideas for whatever the questions posed.
Other than that, there really is no big secret of brainstorming except like everything else you want to get good at – consistently work on the process.
Don’t tell anyone the big secret, the more consistent you are with a regular brainstorm time, the more you do it, the more ideas you think up that really are bad, seem dumb, don't seem to have any correlation to the problem, are off track - do not despair, it simply means you one step closer to the one you need that is great, different, new and unique.
Just remember NOT to send it to committee. That is the easiest way to destroy a truly good idea.
GERMAN CLASS UPDATE- I have decided that with all the effort I have put in to attempt to learn a language I still don’t understand, that I will take as many classes as I need to get a basic grasp of it. The sad part is that this puts the lab and the move back to the USA on the back burner, and I will cancel my one of my online classes in complexity so I can devote more time to finalizing the plans and designs and stick them on a shelf til whenever day we decide to move. In the meantime, I will just do whatever I can here in working up the Augmanity and any other type of work I can muster up with out a skunkworks lab at my disposal.
I had to laugh today. It seems every week the class goes on, more people don’t show up. I am happy, as the smaller class size means we get more practice. Today a young woman from the Congo joined our group. Next week I will take a camera to see about capturing the stories of where everyone came from to get to this small island nation called Switzerland.
Then we practiced more of the utterly frustrating tenses in normative, genitiv, dative, akusative, possessive and reflexive ways to apply one simple word to 8 different tenses of masculine, feminine, neutral, or formal (shit, I get a headache typing that) then we got to comparative and superlative…a nice break that simply is taking a word into “good, better, the best.”
I like to take photos, I like to write, I love to cook, I love to sketch, and I really love to work on new ideas and concepts. I really love to take the concept and turn them into working prototypes.
I really wonder if I fit into this planet anymore. But all I know is the next 6-12 months we are on plan c. I am ready to go back to the states – but I guess the big man upstairs wants me to stay a bit and learn a whole lot about patience, love, learning a new language, and figuring out how I can fit in this country and provide some benefit besides breathing the air to the local market.
Exciting times indeed. Who knows what today and tomorrow will bring.
All I know is that I did break my record coming home on the bike and it wasn’t because I was frustrated. It was because I have gotten stronger, faster, and I had a relatively dry surface this day.
Have a great day.