Set the tone for brainstorming by establishing ground rules for the session. Encourage people to share and not criticize ideas. Redirect any criticizing or teasing with gentle encouragement to return to being creative.
Choose someone to facilitate and moderate the discussion. Ideally a neutral facilitator and someone who doesn't work at the same company are good choices. If you don't hire an outside facilitator, consider any political implications for the team. (If you're the test manager and you're trying to run the brainstorming session, will everyone feel comfortable?) It might be best to ask someone on your team to conduct the session if you cannot hire a facilitator.
The more often you host brainstorming sessions with your team, the more deeply the team will trust and enjoy the sessions and the faster the team will get to the state of sharing ideas.
Dig Deeper on Cloud Application Testing
Related Q&A from Karen N. Johnson
There are so many resources out there about the ever-changing world of Web design and mobile testing, but to choose the most salient and insightful ... Continue Reading
In this expert response, consultant Karen Johnson describes strategies she uses for browser compatibility testing. Experience and knowledge of common... Continue Reading
Initiating test automation on your project team may seem challenging, or even overwhelming. Fortunately, expert Karen Johnson has been through this ... Continue Reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.