There are many rules to brainstorming and they vary slightly from list to list, so I’ll cover my favorites later in the article. If you like brainstorming and like the Stickies app on your Mac, you’re appreciate this app, too. It’s got a clever name.
Brainstorm With Stickies
To keep it simple and straightforward, Sticky Brainstorming is exactly what you think it is. It’s a way to brainstorm on your Mac using what looks like Post-it Notes on the screen (Stickies).
The app itself is easy to master and being able to mirror the Mac’s screen to Apple TV can bring the whole process to a room full of employees.
Sticky Brainstorming has a lefthand Sidebar which stores each brainstorming session. The Toolbar at the top has just a few useful functions (Print, View, Add Note, Colors, Category, etc.).
The real work takes place in the main window.
That’s where you drop the Stickies, move the Stickies, add or delete Stickies, and put into effect the basic rules of brainstorming.
The Stickies act as notes which are easily edited, moved around, added to, or deleted. They can be used to setup a list of ideas or methods, or to get employees to collaborate on ideas or solve problems.
You could do kind of the same thing just using OS X’s built-in Stickies and a dark Desktop wallpaper, but Sticky Brainstorming makes it much easier to setup and use, and the stickies notes are saved for later use.
Google ‘rules of brainstorming’ and you’ll find a healthy list on ways to make brainstorming sessions more valuable to your company or organization. There are the ones I use:
- No Judging – let the ideas flow from everyone without criticism.
- No Commenting – even if ideas are stupid or ill advised, let them flow; discussion is later.
- No Editing – do not sweat the details; spelling, grammar, and punctuation are not ideas
- Do Not Execute – don’t think about how any idea can be executed; that comes later
- Do Not Worry – even silly ideas can stimulate and lead to better ideas
- Do Not Look Backwards – the past does not matter; every idea should be new and shared
- Keep Focus – avoid tangents, keep on track
- Do Not Compare – comparing an idea to the past is a form of judging and commenting
- No Making Fun – keep it light and get all involved; but do not make fun of people or ideas.
Your mileage may vary, but those have worked well, and the tool you use to capture a brainstorming session is less valuable than simply capturing good ideas and getting involvement from others.