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Stakeholder Round Robin Brainstorm

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A divergent process to generate ideas and understanding from different perspectives.


To generate ideas from the perspectives of the different stakeholders in the process and to gain insights into these different perspectives.





    Setting: There should be one flipchart for each stakeholder perspective. If there are more people than stakeholders have one flipchart per person.

    Pre-Work Required: The focus question should be thought through

    Duration:  Consider the number of participants and stakeholders when determining required time.

    Tips for Online Facilitation:  Set up your virtual whiteboard with the various perspectives.


    1. At the top of each of the flipcharts put the name of the stakeholder or perspective. If there are more people than perspectives put additional ideas at the top of the additional flipcharts.

    2. Have each person stand at a flipchart.

    3. Give them 2 minutes to think about the perspective on the flipchart in front of them and to brainstorm ideas.

    4. Have every one move one flipchart to their right (or left).

    5. Repeat Step 3.

    6. Continue this until everyone one has brainstormed on every flipchart.


    Follow-Up Required: Go to the "Groan Zone" or to clustering.

    Usual or Expected Outcomes: list of ideas from each of the stakeholder perspectives

    Potential pitfalls: not all of the perspectives represented


    Source: Jon Jenkins

    Derived from: Brainwriting when it became difficult to display the material in a brainwriting exercise.

    Recognizable components: This is similar to brainwriting.

    References: This is similar to brainwriting.

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    • A variation on this is to put the different stakeholder questions on envelopes, and groups write brainstormed items on 3X5 cards and put them into the envelope. pass the envelope and add more cards. In the final pass, the team removes all the cards and chooses the top few. This anonymizes (?) the input separating the contributions from who is making them. Sometimes this can be a breakthrough.

      over 2 years ago
    • easy to follow. good idea to get participants to focus on one perspective at a time.

      over 2 years ago
    • For online facilitation, I have used Klaxoon and Miro boards for similar activities. I create "virtual" flip chart pages for each participant to post their ideas.

      almost 3 years ago
    • I use a similar activity, but put participants in teams instead of individually adding ideas and it worked well.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Top-notch method! Builds stakehoder empathy

      about 5 years ago
    • This helps people stand in others' perspectives, and therefore broaden their understanding.

      over 5 years ago