Starting on a new project can be daunting, and it’s often difficult to know where to start. To tackle this, we in EA Norway use brainwriting. It’s a great method to generate a lot of ideas quickly.
You start by brainstorming a topic for 2-3 minutes, trying to write as many ideas as possible down on paper. Anything is allowed! If you’re working in a group, you pass your paper to the person on your left. Pause. Then for another 2-3 minutes you build on the ideas that are already on the paper, or add new ones. You continue doing this until you’re out of good ideas, or when the papers have circled a full round.
Afterwards you refine your ideas, prioritise and write down to-dos. Through this method, you (and your team) can generate a lot of ideas, and make the start of a project less intimidating. Whenever you’re stuck, brainwrite!
You can read more about why brainwriting is superior to regular brainstorming in Linsey & Becker's (2010) study on design creativity.