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Perspective seeking through generating questions to an issue, challenge or opportunity



To brainstorm questions that will help understand an issue, challenge or opportunity better

To expand the range of solutions that are considered during a group discussion, in order to arrive at a more creative and effective conclusion.





    Ideal conditions: Participants whose involvement at the issue at hand makes them well-informed about the issue and determined to tackle it.

    Pre-Work Required: Background information may need to be gathered if the issue under discussion is complex. Collect the relevant parameters for the conversation. (See point 2 in the procedure.)

    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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. 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.


    Usual or Expected Outcomes: In-depth analysis of an issue

    Potential pitfalls: A detached, theoretical approach

    How success is evaluated: Whether one or more rich, useful questions have emerged to take the discussion further productively


    Source: The Inquiry Institute

    Recognizable components: brainstorming; creating categories

    Alternative names: Question-Storming

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    • The trick for success would be to allow questions to flow freely without clarification or judgment, and simply capturing every question posed until there is no more questions or when time runs out. Give it a try!

      over 1 year ago
    • I have used this technique in many occasions for complex issue understanding and I found it to be highly effective and engaging. Participants have the permission to bring out their concerns & doubts especially deeper ones, by simply posing questions to the problem statement.

      over 1 year ago