Prep Time:
Time to run:
30 min

6-3-5 Brainwriting template

6 people - 3 ideas - 5 minutes will give you 108 ideas built on each other

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Use the 6-3-5 brainwriting template to easily create a lot of ideas and encourage participants to quickly build ideas off of each other.

6-3-5 brainwriting is a group brainstorming method that involves creating a lot of ideas and building on the ideas of the other participants to give a total of 108 ideas in a short amount of time.

To run this exercise, you'll need 6 participants to create 3 ideas each within 5 minutes. Run this exercise for 6 rounds for a quick, half-hour brainstorming exercise.

How to run a 6-3-5 brainwriting exercise:

  1. Have each participant select one panel and begin writing ideas related to the topic or problem statement on the first row of sticky notes.
  2. After five minutes, participants move to a different panel and do another round of ideation, using the previous row of ideas for inspiration.
  3. Run four more rounds of this exercise, or stop when you have enough ideas.
  4. Once all six rounds are complete, regroup and vote on the winning ideas with your team.

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