Inspiring Activity

Most meetings consist of listening to presentations and discussions held around a table – which is a process that has remained largely unaltered for at … Read more

Asynchronous meetings

Asynchronous means ‘not at the same time’. Asynchronous meetings are a form of collaboration where the topics, the purpose and the inputs and outputs resemble a … Read more

The £500 bet

This particular exercise is based on the results of a survey undertaken by a consulting organisation of failed and delayed projects. In their interviews of the … Read more

Meaningful Conversation

The role of Inner Condition in Meeting Effectiveness A big factor in the effectiveness of any meeting is the attitudes of the people within it.

Creativity Tools

Creativity iFrames are meeting templates which have been constructed to stimulate and challenge the minds of the group to take different perspectives on a situation, … Read more

SCAMPER

SCAMPER is a really useful tool (or more accurately, a checklist) for exploring creative possibilities and opportunities around a solution or situation.

TRIZ

TRIZ, a truly amazing resource for stimulating productive innovation, was developed from researching the entire patents database for the core inventive principles which underpinned innovation. The … Read more

Reversal

The creativity of the human mind is excellent at making progress back toward something it understands and fairly hopeless at making progress away from its … Read more

Reframing Matrix

The Reframing Matrix is a technique for looking at the problem from different perspectives (planning, product, people and potential, rather than the more abstract perspectives … Read more

Problem Restatement

Problem Restatement is a technique for looking at the problem from different perspectives (usually more abstract ones, rather than the stakeholder ones reflected in the … Read more

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is probably the best known, the most-used, and the most misused tool in creative work within organisations. Essentially it is a free-form technique for … Read more

Effects Database

The Effects Database is a useful tool for applying the principles of TRIZ quickly and easily to problems and idea generation. It has been created … Read more

Rules of Brainstorming

Ensure people understand the following simple set of rules for brainstorming before they start:

What is meta?

The term ‘meta’ is used when something refers to itself or, as Wikipedia explains, it is a concept which is an abstraction behind another concept, … Read more