Monday, February 20, 2012

Brainstorming Doesn't Really Work


Yeah, I came to a similar conclusion on my own long ago. When I'm involved in such a group problem-solving project, I tend to ask people to think on their own ahead of time--while they still can--and then put their heads together after that. Once we're contaminated with each other's ideas, we've lost a unique opportunity to look at the problem with a relatively uncorrupted eye. The collective brainstorming phase isn't harmed by being preceded by individuals brainstorming on their own; so there's usually good reason to do the individual phase first. I kinda thought this was an obvious point.


Blogger The Mystic said...

Brainstorming is the easiest way to survive as a total n00b, though. Whereas staying at home and saying dumb shit often proves unsuccessful for the fledgling n00b, it quickly realizes its strength in others. By flocking to brainstorming sessions, n00bs find that, in this more hospitable environment, they may say dumb shit, and yet, have success on the backs of others.

n00becology (See also: n00bonomics) is a worthy endeavor. You professors don't do ALL the work giving the dumb students their undeserved As, ya know.

10:25 PM  

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