On Saturday night, I gather a few of my friends around for my brainstorming session. The sub theme is winter biking.
Tan, economic major, Vietnamese
Minh, computer enginerring, Vietnamese
Khang, doctor program, Vietnamese
Emmy, finance, Vietnamese
Hang, MIS, Vietnamese
Vlad, computer engineering, Russian
They were all told to not give judgments during this time.
First, I let them play the new improv game that I came up with call "I'm the king." In this game, anyone can step up and say: "I'm the king." The group will then ask, "why?" That person will say his line in form of " I'm the king because...." After that, everyone will clap and say, "That is cool." Then, two people next to him or her will do the samurai action and chop him off, so the next one can claim to be the king. This game was meant to keep everyone happy and creative about his or her answers.
After the game, we focus on designing for the customers, who are: Tyler and Jeffrey.
How might we?
Tyler needs a new way to cover his nose and mouth when biking, or something that keep his lungs warm.
How might we keep Tyler's lungs warm when he bike?
Jeffrey needs a new, simple way to keep his bike clean, ready for winter as well as a process to do this without leaving a big mess.
How might we help Jeffrey clean his bike without leaving a big mess?
In brainstorming session, I change the purpose a several time where I tell them to design bad idea, or idea that relate to watermelon to keep their mind playful and not stuck with critical judgments. I also shuffle all of the cards and hand them to people that seems to be stuck.
Observation: I found this session was very successful. It was very interesting how Vlad always come up with funny ideas that stimulate others mind such as "Book of how to keep it clean." On the other hand, Minh, he came up with tons of wild ideas that are super crazy and creative. It is nice to keep the team diverse and support each other.
Team IPM: 10-12/minute