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Identification
Alternative names: 
Visible Brainstorming
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
The intent of this method is to create an open and informal atmosphere in which all participants can speak their mind.
Used as component of: 
This process can be used in a variety of occasions, e.g. when working individually, in meetings, at workshops or even for large conferences. It is used whenever a visual way of working is useful or needed.
Types of Participants: 
Any types of participants can be involved in this process.
Recommended size of group: 
11-25
Remarks about group size: 
The recommended size of the group is up to 12 persons, however larger groups can be split up in subgroups.
Optimal amount of time needed: 
One session is estimated to take between 30 – 45 minutes, however in many cases a cycle of 3 – 5 sessions is required to fully explore and discuss the chosen topic or question.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
The, to be expected outcome is a solution to the problem, question or topic stated.
Level of participation: 
Participants need to be actively thinking.
Ideal Conditions: 
The setting should be a nice enviroment in which people feel comfortable and are able to move around a bit.
How is success evaluated: 
The process is successful when one or more solution(s) is found for the problem/question stated.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
A special Facilitator-Client Relationship is not neccesary as the group only needs to be instructed and supervised.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
The facilitator needs to organize the process and has to moderate discussions.
Setting and Materials: 
Materials needed are large sheets of paper (at least 80 x 125 cm), post-its or cards (9,9x21cm) and markers in different colours and sizes as well as tape to stick the sheets to the wall or a pinboard.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
The facilitator should make a list of his priorities and themes as well as a time schedule.
Procedures: 

1. The facilitator starts by writing a question or topic on top of a large sheet of paper. He/she should make sure that the participants understand the questipon or issue.

2.For about 10 minutes the participants should now write their ideas, comments and remarks on post-it’s or little cards.
The post it's can be sticked to a wall in order to stimulate others with their ideas. They should use ‘half sentences’(headword with verb) instead of keywords.

3. Now the ideas are read out. The participan can help by clustering together. The facilitator can then open the discussion by posing a new question or evaluation. In this discussion the ‘30 second rule’ applies in order to prevent monologues.

4.In case of a need for more information, the facilitator should allow an informative contribution. However, this should not take longer than five minutes and has to be visualised in key words.

5. The results can be evaluated by letting the participants score on scales, categories, prioritites ect. which solution they found best.

During longer sessions participants should be able to indicate their mood on a mood chart so as to get an impression about their expectations, feelings, and progress. This helps the facilitator judge when to take a break for fresh air or alike.

How flexible is the process?: 
The process is very flexible, as it can deal with a wide range of problems and topics.
Follow-Up Required: 
There is no follow-up requiered.
Background
Developer: 
Patrick Boel - May, 2006
References: 
IRC-FN: Design of a setting www.neuland.nl www.neuland-online.de www.neuland.bizz
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