The advantages of brainstorming have been highlighted in previous posts. However different brainstorming methods for problem solving can be further elaborated on. Here are some great brainstorming methods to throw into the mix and achieve phenomenal results when it comes to solving problems.
Using process maps with kaizen bursts
Process maps form an essential part of the lean methodology which centers around continuous improvement. Therefore among the many brainstorming methods you choose to use, this should be at the top of your list. Process maps with kaizen bursts are excellent for identifying solutions to problems in different areas since they provide a holistic view of a process from start to end. Kaizen burst are generally points of improvement you identify in different areas. Utilize swim lanes to separate processes or actions if you want to simplify complex diagrams.
Ishikawa (fish bone diagrams)
These diagrams are great for identifying root causes or solutions to problems. They also form part of the lean methodology for streamlining processes. Depicted as a fish with fins highlighting different causes for issues; one can easily utilize the tool to identify where a process should be fixed.
5 Why’s brainstorming method for problem resolution
This is really as simple as it sounds; keep asking questions until you manage to reach a root cause. This brainstorming method to identify solutions to problems requires some getting used to however it is worth the effort. The drawback with this brainstorming method is the fact that it is linear in nature which means some root causes may be lost. If you really want to properly examine a problem – maybe you should consider reality charting.
Brainstorming and affinitization
This brainstorming method is a great way to organize data in neat compartments. During a brainstorming session, there can be a lot of repetition and confusion due to it being a creative outlet; therefore it makes sense to organize data into silos to group together similar ideas.