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Speed works to generate your idea energy
Divergent thinking (tougher) — Lots and lots of ideas
Convergent (easy) — Picking the best of the lot
Highlighting to help the cull
• Idea generation — Quality is equal to quantity . Rapid-fire ideas are generated with each participant equipped with pen and pad of Post-It Notes. As an idea pops up, he or she writes it down (in subject and verb form), hollers it out for all to hear, and places it on a flip chart.
• Idea selection — Select and reform the best. After a time limit or you have exhausted the ideas, then the group members cluster and reform the notes to select the best idea to work on. They repeat this procedure for the applicable "finding" steps below. The problem-finding step is the most critical — a well-defined problem is half solved. To get from concept (object finding) to action plan (acceptance finding) can take 40 to 60 minutes.
Source: Duke Rohe, FHIMSS, Performance Improvement Specialist; and Estella Woodard, MS, Clinical Director; M.D. Anderson Cancer, Houston.