How to Use Affinity Diagrams to Bring Order to Chaos

One critical aspect of brainstorming and other idea-gathering processes is that one must not judge the ideas as they are presented. After that gathering phase, though, the ideas are useless if no patterns or relationships can be discovered. One good solution for that is the Affinity Diagram. The process was identified in the 1960s by […]
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Use a PMI Analysis to Encourage Critical Thinking

A participant in a critical thinking class I taught recently suggested a solution to a problem I’d posed to the group. “Let’s do a PMI analysis,” I suggested, expecting the class to be familiar with the tool. None were. The tool can be a very productive way to frame a discussion. What is a PMI […]
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Improve Your Facilitation by Using the PO Technique

One of my favorite tools to use when I am facilitating a meeting is PO, which is short for provocation operation. Edward de Bono coined the word PO for use in the lateral thinking process. The idea of PO is to help move thinking or a discussion onward by allowing out-of-the-box thinking. It is used to introduce an […]
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