A team activity wherein each member sketches 6-8 ideas regarding the project at hand within a 5 minute time limit.
To quickly brainstorm and get ideas for a project.
How to do it
- Before the meeting, prepare several sheets of paper with a 2×2 or 2×3 grid. Make sure boxes are large enough to sketch an idea, but not so large that multiple ideas can be put into a single box. Try to have space for at least 10 ideas per round.
- When the meeting begins, give each player a sheet and explain how the activity works.
- Next, set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Tell the players to sit silently and sketch out as many ideas as they can until the timer ends — with the goal of reaching 6-8 ideas. The sketches can and should be very rough — nothing polished in this stage.
- When the time runs out, the players should share their sketches with the rest of the group. The group can ask questions of each player, but this is not a time for a larger brainstorming session. Make sure every player presents his/her sketches.
- With time permitting, repeat another few rounds of 6-8-5. Players can further develop any ideas that were presented by the group as a whole or can sketch new ideas that emerged since the last round. They can continue to work on separate ideas, or begin working on the same idea. But the 5-minute sketching sprint should always be done silently and independently.
Adapted from Gamestorming