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Importance of brainstorming

I want someone to discuss the importance of brainstorming in project management. By brainstorming I mean the brainstorming sessions that happen while planning/executing the project. Is it really that important?

My opinion about it is that it's a waste of time as people tend to forget everything that happened during a brainstorming session in their next meeting! What do others think?
asked 6 years ago by anonymous

2 Answers

I think brainstorming is a very critical step, especially in the planning process, and should never be considered as overhead.

Brainstorming allows people to share their ideas about the project, what should be included in the project and how should the tasks be executed. Brainstorming also makes it easier to address the challenges that are facing some tasks (in the executing phase) by searching for the simplest way to execute the task to overcome these challenges.

As stated in the below answer, the project manager (or someone appointed by the project manager) should take the minutes in the brainstorming meeting and formulate them into an email or a project management document (such as the project plan).
answered 6 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
Brainstorming is important since it helps a team identify things that might otherwise be forgotten or overlooked, such as an important task or risk.  The project manager should be taking notes from planning and brainstorming sessions (or appoint someone else to scribe) such that important tasks and risks are not forgotten from meeting to meeting.
answered 6 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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