Creating several possible solutions to a problem, and merging them into one.
Number of participants: 6-50
Time needed: 20-60 minutes
Pre-Work Required: The issue needs to be described clearly, and the process details should be thought through.
1. Brainstorm constraints/values to be held for a solution. (Can use the ToP™ Consensus Workshop Method to create consensus on constraints or values)
2. Divide into 3 small groups, who each come up with a possible scenario of a solution that satisfies the constraints. Each group draws or writes the possible scenario on a flipchart.
3. Report to whole group.
4. Process similarities, differences, and implications of the scenarios. (Can use the ToP™ Focused Conversation Method)
5. Merge together to one winning solution, incorporating the best of each of the scenarios.
Source: Williams, R. Bruce: More than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus, Second Edition, Corwin Press, 2007, p. 123
Derived from: Found in Jo Nelson's "Meeting Tools"