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Bringing together people from different backgrounds to creatively brainstorm a problem — otherwise known as “jamming” – has become a popular way to unearth new ideas. Although the process is widely hyped, many companies struggle to make it work. Here are three rules of thumb to help:
o Let participants choose. It’s a mistake to assign people to a challenge. You’ll see much more creative energy if you let participants decide which problems to work on.
o Keep the team small. Don’t let everyone get involved. Instead, create teams of no more than four. This size affords diversity but also allows the team to engage quickly.
o Clearly define the problem. Make sure everyone understands the business, technological, and other challenges involved so each team member isn’t trying to solve a different problem.
Adapted from “Make Your Next Innovation Jam Work” by Alessandro Di Fiore. To check out that article and join the discussion, please click here.
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