Q-Storming

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Identification
Alternative names: 
Question brainstorming
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Method
Intent or purpose: 
To expand the range of solutions considered during a group discussion, in order to arrive at a more creative and effective conclusion.
Used as component of: 
Problem solving, Strategic planning, creative thinking
Recognizable Components: 
brainstorming creating categories
Types of Participants: 
Recommended size of group: 
1-10
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Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 hours
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
In-depth analysis of anissue
Level of participation: 
Quite active, well-infomred aobut the subject matter
Ideal Conditions: 
Participants whose involvement at the issue at hand makes them well-informed about the issue and determined to tackle it.
Potential Pitfalls: 
A detached, theoretical approach
How is success evaluated: 
Whether one or more rich, useful questions have emerged to take the discussion further productively
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Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
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Pre-Work Required: 
Background information may need to be gathered if the issue tobe discussed is quite complex. Collect the relevant parameters for the conversation. (See point 2 in the procedure.)
Procedures: 

1. Define the objective of the session. This could be a challenge or problem that has to be resolved, a dilemma that has to be answered, a difficult situation that has to be navigated.

2. Collect the key facts and parameters (eg, this has been an issue for the past three years, the budget of $50,000 will only be available until April 1, etc).

3. Identify the assumptions your team holds (eg, the solution must not add any new personnel, a viable proposal could receive more budget if all players agreed to it, etc.)

4. Brainstorm not solutions or answers, but rather open questions that could help you think this matter through. NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ANSWER ANY OF THE QUESTIONS UNTIL YOU FINISH THE LIST! (This will be tempting.)

5. Return to the list of questions and prioritize the critical ones to discuss. Discuss these as a way to develop a response to your objective for the session.

How flexible is the process?: 
Very --adapt to the level of reflection that suits your event.
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Background
Developer: 
The Inquiry Institute
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