- (6-3-5 means six in a group/three ideas per round/five minutes per round)
- Divide everyone into groups of about six. Too many in a group is unmanageable, too few restricts the generation of ideas.
- Each participant starts with a prewritten brainwriting form. The problem to be addressed is written at the top of the form.
- In the first round, participants have five minutes to write three ideas in the top boxes (one per box) of the brainwriting form. Often the problem is known ahead of time and the participants come in with the three ideas already developed. If this is the case, this initial time can be shorter.
- At the end of each round, the form is passed to the person on the right. As each person gets a form from the person on the left, they read all the ideas on the sheet and then add three new ones. The new ideas can be completely new or can be variations of ideas already on the sheet. Ideas from other participants should foster new ideas. There is no talking or discussion during these rounds.
- The process is completed when each participant gets his own form back, now filled up with the ideas of the group.
- The last step is to sort the ideas using a clustering method
The 6-3-5 Method