more comprehensive and honest lists of opinions, facts, or questions
provide anonymity: people share what they know and truly think
let your group
categorize ideas easily
comment on ideas
prioritize themes, ideas, or comments with sticky dots
The Brainstorm workspace is self-documenting. Press a button for the Word report or export.
For a list of ideas, simply ask what you are looking for and open the workspace for participants. Participants post their contributions via the input box and see the contributions of others instantly.
Anonymity and interactivity enable flow which is hard to achieve in traditional brainstorming sessions and impossible in conventional conferences. Participants fire away and build on one another's ideas.
With XLeap Brainstorm, groups become very productive: To contribute, participants need not wait their turn. With anonymity, they need not consider personal consequences of offering a thought. It is also much easier to avoid personal or departmental prejudice when ideas, opinions, or facts stand for themselves.
Which is why, by default, contributions to Brainstorm are anonymous. Tagging with a 'team' name or the name of the contributor is possible.
Collecting opinions, questions, or facts
Brainstorming is not just 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 learn the facts before reaching a conclusion, it is usually a good idea to ask what is going on.
With Brainstorm, you will get everybody's answer. Fast. With anonymity, responses will be honest and to the point.
Everybody knows that, during brainstorming one must not comment. Fortunately, with XLeap 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 does not interrupt anybody or anything. It also saves participants from offering ideas which are only slight variations of existing ideas.
As Host, you can provide 'prompts' to make sure that comments cover all relevant aspects.
When the contributions are in, you can categorize or theme them by creating a list of folders and asking your group to sort the items.
Since everybody helps, sorting is very fast. A long list of contributions is broken into shorter lists of items which share a property or theme.
With XLeap, you can even 'merge' contributions by dropping one on another. This is great for eliminating duplicates or aggregating information to a common level of abstraction.
Color-code folders for advanced use cases.
Prioritization with sticky dots
As an alternative to full-fledged Rating, Hosts can use sticky dots for prioritization.
For this, Hosts define up to 5 types of sticky dot by
and specify whether participants shall mark up folders or ideas or comments. The allocation of sticky dots can occur 'blind' i.e., with participants seeing the allocations of others only after allocation has ended, 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 XLeap workspaces, Brainstorm is self-documenting.
Brainstorm is, of course, included in the Word report which is instantly available for download. For follow-up processing in other applications, export the data in '.txt' format.