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Organizing large amounts of information in Lucidspark

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Traditionally, brainstorming has been one of the most popular ways to generate ideas, boost creativity, and inspire new perspectives. So naturally, as you prepare for your next planning meeting, you set up a brainstorming exercise in Lucidspark, allowing your team to freely type their thoughts on sticky notes and place them on the board. 

However, when the time is up, dozens of ideas are floating around the board, making it challenging to uncover patterns and efficiently navigate the next steps in the brainstorming process. It can be hard to organize ideas into meaningful insights.

In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits and challenges of group brainstorming. We’ll also discuss how to combat these challenges specifically through the use of the Magic Sort feature in Lucidspark.

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Benefits of group brainstorming and planning

Many team meetings involve brainstorming, and for good reason. In addition to helping teams tap into creative thinking, brainstorming also encourages active participation. Several benefits of brainstorming include that it:

  • Provides diverse perspectives: Participants bring unique, fresh ideas to the table. 
  • Helps avoid biases: When you include different people from different backgrounds, partiality is kept in check. In brainstorming, every idea is valid and welcomed.
  • Everyone has a voice: Brainstorming facilitates participation from everyone in the room versus the leaders or more vocal team members who might otherwise dominate the conversation
  • Builds team buy-in: When teams solve problems together, they develop stronger relationships and truly own projects and outcomes. Strong team relationships are critical for effective collaboration and productivity. 

These are just a few of the benefits of brainstorming. For a full list, check out this article on the pros and cons of group brainstorming. 

Challenges of group brainstorming and planning

Although it’s clear that brainstorming is beneficial for teams, group brainstorming can also come with its share of challenges. To elaborate on the pain points we discussed earlier, let’s dive deeper into brainstorming challenges.

Too many ideas, not enough structure 

While brainstorming is great for idea generation, it can also lead to a chaotic free-for-all. The lack of structure can lead to unproductive sessions and failure to generate actionable ideas. 

Sometimes this lack of structure means individuals participate at their discretion. Some people will dominate the meeting with lots of dialogue and ideas, while some may sit idly by either because they feel overruled by the vocal participants or because they don’t see the need to pitch in.

Hard to quickly organize ideas

The rapid-fire approach that brainstorming facilitates can make it hard to manually organize new ideas into categories. Sorting through ideas one by one can be tedious, taking away from the value add of the meeting.

Organizing ideas can take up valuable meeting time

Your time is valuable, so it is essential to work smarter, not harder. Unfortunately, organizing ideas from a brainstorming session can take up most of the meeting time, which means you’ll have to schedule another time for everyone to discuss the results. 

Sometimes you leave the meeting unsure of next steps

Sure, you’ve generated many ideas, but unless this data is interpreted into information, it’s meaningless. The randomness of brainstorming can leave people feeling like there is no real direction or action plan for moving forward. Feeling unsure of the following steps can lead to unproductive meetings, time wasted, and ultimately, money lost.

How to effectively organize ideas

Now that we’ve discussed the pain points, let’s discuss the solution: Assisted Magic Sort. This Lucidspark feature allows you to automatically synthesize large amounts of information and focus efforts on refining data. With Magic Sort, you can:

  • Automatically cluster sticky notes by theme.
  • Leave notes with low confidence as un-clustered.
  • Re-sort sticky notes to improve how well Magic Sort works for you in the future.

This means that in your next brainstorming meeting, you can have your ideas sorted, categorized, and refined in a matter of seconds, allowing you to focus on collaborating with your team.

How to use Magic Sort

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Now that you know why you should use Magic Sort, here’s how to get started facilitating efficient brainstorming meetings with your team.

  1. Start by posting sticky notes on your team Lucidspark board, like you usually would with a brainstorming session.
  2. Set a timer for a designated amount of time and get brainstorming.
  3. When the timer stops, select the Magic Sort button to categorize your notes automatically. You may wish to re-sort and categorize further after this to enhance machine learning (this is encouraged).
  4. From here, you can tag your favorite ideas. Add emojis and let your team know which ideas you like best. This is where the real collaboration happens! For more tips on how to tag, visit this article.

Try Magic Sort today for seamless brainstorming and team collaboration.

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Review our step-by-step guide to sorting your ideas in Lucidspark. 

Get the Magic Sort details

Review our step-by-step guide to sorting your ideas in Lucidspark.

Get the Magic Sort details

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