Trigger Sessions

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Trigger Method
Tug of War
Trigger Sessions are a good way of getting lots of ideas down from untrained resources.
  • The Problem owner defines the problem
  • Each member of group writes down his ideas in shorthand (2 minutes only)
  • One member reads out his list - others silently cross out ideas read out and write down “Hitch-hiked ”ideas
  • The second member reads out his list of ideas not already covered, followed in turn by other members
  • The last member reads out his original list and his “Hitch-hiked” list and procedure is repeated counter current (ie, if there are 6 folk, the order goes 1,2,3,4,5,6,5,4,3,2,1,2,3,4,5,6...)

A good group will be able to manage seven passes. Everyones paper is then collected and can be typed up into a single list of ideas - all duplicates should have been crossed out during the session.