Agreeing on the best ideas – fast.
Storyboarding is a fantastic method for accumulating a ton of ideas in a relatively short amount of time. Plus, your team will come out of the exercise with a story that walks through your decision process to share with interested parties.
In the world of brainstorming, storyboarding isn't drawing pictures that represent a story — it's actually a way of bringing ideas together to come to a consensus. It's a great way to bring a large team together to agree on the best answer as fast as possible. Here, one approach to get started:
When you're done, you should have a set of ideas that everyone agrees on that accomplishes the goal you set out to achieve.
Say what you're trying to get out of the session (for example, "A plan for how to get people to recycle more") and why you need to reach that goal "to reduce waste and save energy".
Have everyone come up with ideas as fast as they can, writing each idea on a Post-it® Super Sticky Notes and reading it aloud to the group as you go. Stick every note on a large surface or easel pad so everyone can keep track of them as you go along.
Look at all the ideas and use them to come up with categories or headings. Write those headings on larger notes. Line up ideas under each category on your easel sheets. As a team, go through each idea and decide if it should stay or go.
Once you've picked out the best ideas, arrange them in some kind of order - from most to least important, chronologically, to tell a story - whatever makes the most sense for your goal.