Brainstorming Techniques for Project Managers

Adriana Girdler

Brainstorming methods that will make your project way easier Are you trying to come up with some brainstorming techniques that you can use with your …

Brainstorming methods that will make your project way easier

Are you trying to come up with some brainstorming techniques that you can use with your project team to solve issues?

As a project manager of over 20+ years, I’ve learned some go-to brainstorming techniques that I could not live without in project management.

Here’s a breakdown of some of them…

Future state mapping

I love this technique. You may not have heard of it, because it’s not usually a brainstorming technique; it’s a tool used in operational excellence (lean six sigma) when looking to make a process more efficient.

What you do is map out current ways of working and then come together as a team to brainstorm how waste can be eliminated to create the future state.

Why do I use this as a brainstorming technique?

I don’t necessarily follow the pathway that I would if I was using it as a lean activity to make a process more efficient… When brainstorming, I use it for idea generation. On a lot of projects, there’s something that you want to come to fruition but you need a map of how it’s going to look. This borrows from future state mapping and puts it in a project context to really understand how it works and all the moving parts.

SCAMPER technique

SCAMPER is an acronym. Here’s what it stands for:

S = Substitute, C = Combine, A = Adapt, M = Modify, P = Put it to another use, E = Eliminate, R = Reverse

With this technique, you take one idea or concept and brainstorm it by looking at it in all these different ways – the SCAMPER ways.

More brainstorming techniques

I have several other brainstorming techniques that are great for project management. Check out my latest YouTube video to learn some brainstorming ideas for your projects!

If you want more step-by-step guides on all things project management, check out my SLAY Project Management online course where I take you through all the steps of successfully managing a project – including documentation – from start to close. You’ll get every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to use them.

 Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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