Paul Sloane has written a fantastic piece called How to Ruin a Brainstorming Session. If you take a closer look, you’ll realize that many of the elements that are fatal for brainstorming are also fatal for a knowledge management program.
Here are some of the practices Paul Sloane believes are deadly:
- You have no clear objectives.
- The group involved is too homogeneous.
- Your boss is autocratic and doesn’t trust the creativity of his or her team.
- You allow early criticism to smother creativity.
- You settle for just a few ideas.
- Your process lacks closure or follow through.
How many of these “worst practices” are present in your KM program? What are you going to do about it?
[Photo Credit: Jacob Botter]
For an interesting view of the brainstorming process, see the following charts from Rick | Crinid: