For a list of ideas, you simply ask the brainstorm question and open the workspace for participants. Participants post their contributions via the input box which makes them immediately visible to all.
Anonymity and interactivity enable flow which is hard to achieve in traditional brainstorming sessions and impossible in conventional web conferences. Participants fire away and build on one another's ideas.
MeetingSphere Brainstorm is extremely productive: To post, participants need not wait their turn. With anonymity, they need not consider personal consequences of offering a thought. It is also much easier to keep an open mind when ideas, opinions or facts stand for themselves.
Which is why, by default, contributions to Brainstorm are anonymous. Tagging by 'team' or 'contributor' is possible.
Collecting opinions, questions or facts
Brainstorming is not only for fresh ideas. If you want to learn what people think of a certain situation or option, simply ask their opinion. If you want to understand the facts before reaching a conclusion, it's usually a good idea to ask for them.
With Brainstorm, you'll get everybody's answer. Fast. With anonymity, responses will be honest and to the point.
Everybody knows that, during brainstorming you mustn't comment. Fortunately, with MeetingSphere this is no longer true: Simply turn on the commenting feature and participants can offer their comments on the ideas already on the list.
This captures useful information and doesn't interupt anybody or anything. It also saves participants from offering ideas which are only slight variations of existing ideas.
With MeetingSphere Pro, commenting can be stuctured by 'prompts' to make sure relevant aspects are covered.
When the contributions are in, you can sort them into folders with your group.
Since everybody helps, sorting is very fast turning a long list of contributions into more digestible chunks.
With MeetinSphere, you can even 'merge' ideas by dropping one on another. This is great for eliminating duplicates or aggregating information where one idea is actually a comment on another.
With MeetingSphere Pro, Facilitators can color-code folders for more advanced use cases.
Prioritization with sticky dots
If you do not require a full fledged rating for prioritization, use sticky dots for that.
Quickly define up to 3 (MeetingSphere Pro: 5) sticky dots by
and specify whether participants shall mark up folders or ideas or comments. The allocation of sticky dots can occur in private or as a joint activity where participant see the choices of others directly.
The results of brainstorming are often copied to a Rating sheet for prioritization.
Automatic documentation - Export
Like all MeetingSphere workspaces, Brainstorm is self-documenting.
Brainstorm is, of course included in the meeting report which is available instantly as a Word document. For follow-up processing other applications, export the data as an Excel file.
The Brainstorm workspace of MeetingSphere Pro offers additional features for professional workshops such as
Prompted commenting: Structure the commenting panels of ideas with 'prompts' to ensure that relevant aspects are covered
Filtered views: Restrict participants (temporarily) to seeing only their own contributions or contributions of their 'team'
Color coding of folders: Color-code categories as your methodology or purpose requires
Editing privileges: Control the editing privileges of all participants at a granular level
Content editor: Delegate full editing privileges to named participants
Sticky dots: Specify up to 5 sticky dots instead of 3
Numbering: Apply advanced numbering schemes such as hierarchical numbering or the preservation of numbers on paste