Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Power of Giant Sticky Notes
Wise and worldly readers, have you found equivalents of the giant sticky notes?
In a single work group, team huddles and visual boards to manage process improvement would serve a similar purpose:
You don't want 5 or 6 friendly colleagues together who were all hired within a few years of one another, or any obvious hierarchy.
I have come to believe that standing is REALLY important. That was how we operated in various research groups while brainstorming. The only time someone would be seated was if we had a designated note taker. Standing adds a sense of urgency to the process and makes non-verbal cues more effective. I think the brain works better, too.
Only thing I would suggest is using white boards with different pen colors and then document it with phone photos, but those big presentation sheets work OK. Plus is that they are a permanent record, minus is that you can't erase something to revise it.
PS - Too bad it is a bit late to suggest that TB watch the college world series for the times when they have a live "K zone". Lots of great examples this week of mixing pitches and location in an effective sequence.
Whether it is or not, kudos to you and your college for getting involved in that project. The potential for post-transfer outcomes assessment is really interesting to me.
My previous career was in online entrepreneurship and we would occasionally have meetings to broaden our business base or creatively address issues we had noticed. The key to these meetings was to vary the format (i.e. some were the big sticky note format, some were small work groups, etc.). One of my favorite projects involved a general brainstorming (about 40 people) throwing out ideas or solutions to a problem we had. At the end of this we voted on the best 4 and then broke into 4 groups to explore the ideas and come up with working models.
I also agree that getting up out of the chair and moving helps. I hope to one day be in a position where I can implement creative meetings to help improve processes. I hope it works well for you.