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brainstorm

1. verb To actively work to come up with ideas for something, often in an unstructured way. Come on in, we're just brainstorming ideas for the next issue.
2. noun A good, useful, or valuable idea, especially one that comes suddenly or unexpectedly. OK, I just had a brainstorm—what if we painted the bathroom blue and the hallway yellow? Wouldn't that look better?

brainstorm

1. n. a good idea; an idea that enters one’s head suddenly. I had a sudden brainstorm and got out of bed to write it down.
2. in. to try to think up good ideas, especially as a group. Let’s brainstorm on this for a little while.
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Indeed, Sutton and Hargadon's (1996) work stands out as the only known study to date on brainstorming to embrace the essential ingredients that constitute what Osborn called "the spirit of a brainstorm..." (Osborn, 1963: 57), which includes emotions, values, and other motivational forces.
Captain Koch thanked Muriel Matta for the tremendous, hard work to organise this very special event and concluded by wishing everyone to be influenced, energised and inspired by the brainstorming session.
The purpose of this article is to provide awareness of the danger of design fixation and promote the uses of brainstorming early in the design process--before fixation limits creative ideas.
Little in the 1950s, actually expands brainstorming's suspension of judgment throughout a more elaborate process than traditional brainstorming, beginning with requiring uncritical acceptance of the problem owner's definition of the problem.
"We found that, when tackling complex issues, the use of best practices to produce high-quality brainstorming did result in better decision making," Brazel says.
In relation to the second challenge, there are many varying solutions an auditor can employ to improve brainstorming sessions.
Brainstorming should have a purpose and a goal--not just let's all get together to see what we can up with, but a certain project that needs to be addressed or a specific problem that needs a solution; however, the session itself should be open and free form enough to allow for creativity and innovative thinking.
* Ideally, an audit partner should lead the brainstorming session.
"There was a similar debate about the word 'brainstorming' three years ago.
I can remember, not very long ago--about five or six years--when someone contributed to the UKHRD Zone and suggested that we refrain from using the word 'brainstorming', as it was no longer appropriate.
To accomplish this, we spend 30 minutes in class brainstorming a classroom definition of integration.
The purpose of this checklist is to enable a manager, without previous experience of the technique and with a minimum of preparation, to introduce brainstorming to a group and then go on to brainstorm a specific problem or opportunity.
Non-deterministic problems are typically solved through brainstorming: people gather together, throw out ideas, and hope something comes out.