BCG gives advice how to brainstorm remotely in an online setting, which includes applying best practices, being creative and flexible, and using technology

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Virtual Brainstorming – BCG gives advice how to brainstorm remotely in an online setting, which includes applying best practices, being creative and flexible, and using technology

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Boston Consulting Group recently provided useful tips how to brainstorm during virtual meetings in LinkedIn Pulse article published on March 30, 2020:
  • Apply Classic Brainstorming Rules – Including having clear question to solve or ideate on, warmup exercise, designated facilitator and carefully curated participants, mixing up formats regularly, breaking into smaller groups, providing adequate alone thinking time in beginning of meeting, and taking breaks
  • Clarify Rules of Virtual Engagement – Start with clear agenda that includes structure and length of meetings, as well as rules for handling divergence and convergence, participating, using of video and mute functions, multi-tasking and stepping out of meeting for urgent business or family needs
  • Determine and Manage Use of Technology – Select main technology platform to use for meeting, as well as secondary tools for capturing and prioritizing ideas
  • Create Social Intimacy Even in Social Distancing – Examples include having everyone give a tour of their home office, ordering same food for lunch, shared exercise break, sharing some tidbit about family or method of making it through the “distancing” period
  • Be Creative and Flexible – Be ready to improvise and be flexible on agenda especially when technology fails, make plans but be willing to throw them out if no longer needed, and have fun
BCG’s article can be read for free at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-run-brainstorm-virtually-alan-iny/
Company: Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Category: Remote work
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Original publication date: March 30, 2020

Date last updated: April 13, 2020