These tools & exercises help teams make lists of ideas in response to challenges and opportunities.

Play Sequence: Practical Brainstorming

Practical Brainstorming combines the “divergent” exercise of a Post-Up with the “convergent” exercise of Cloud Grouping. It’s an effective way to explore these two modes of thinking in a single meeting.

6 Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats maximizes collaboration, stimulates creativity, and improves the team decision-making process.


The act of writing makes ideas into physical things. Using sticky notes, markers, and a large empty wall, teams can transform thoughts into artifacts that can be pointed to, sorted, and grouped. The Post-Up is a cornerstone of many divergent thinking exercises.