Hot! Brainstorming – A Valuable Technique For Projects!

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Brainstorming as a technique is a very useful tool to help explore ideas and bring out new and out of the box concepts. It brainstorm screenoffers the opportunity to let team members make their contribution and encourages innovative thinking in an open manner. Brainstorming can be useful in a number of project-related situations.

For example, where there is a clear problem with no apparent or obvious solution, the use of brainstorming can help bring out possibilities for a solution that otherwise might simply not be found, by encouraging creative thinking. This might applyintuit quickbase to risks and issues within a project, such as a threat that could have a negative impact on individual tasks and maybe even the successful delivery of the project.

Capturing brainstormed ideas in a structured way is more of a challenge. Brainstorming is normally done on whiteboards, pads of paper or flip charts and don’t lend themselves to adding structure, saving them safely or sharing amongst the project team or a wider audience. One product that can help with this challenge, however, is the aptly named Brainstorm! Brainstorm is an online product, available over the cloud, from Intuit, who also offer a very good project management application called QuickBase, which offers solid project management functionality online and on demand, including task and time management, reminders and calendar events and project reporting.

The features of Intuit’s Brainstorm application mean you can take generated ideas and save them. Ideas are often fluid concepts and evolve with further thought. Once represented in Brainstorm, these ideas can then be updated to reflect any necessary changes as thinking progresses and matures. Brainstorm also ensures that team members can share ideas and contribute to their further development into clearly defined concepts that can be taken through to their conclusion. In today’s fast moving technology-based business world, capturing creative and innovative thoughts and ideas within project teams can lead to clear and tangible benefits for the delivery of projects on time and within budget and can help to avoid some of the risks that can endanger delivery by giving the team free reign to come up with imaginative solutions.

For more information on Brainstorm and to sign up for an account, please see: www.intuitbrainstorm.com. For more information on Intuit QuickBase and to sign up for a free 30 day fully functioned trial of the application, please see: http://quickbase.intuit.com/

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Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.

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