Brainstorming tools

1. Storyboard/Mindmap

When planning to write a bid or tender, it is often useful to produce a storyboard and/ or a mind map for visualisation of new and innovative ideas and also to provide an overview of the overall project.

There is a shopping list that you need to be aware of before starting to write a tender or bid, for example:

  • Policies and/ or Strategy – does your organization have the necessary policies and strategies in place as many tender documents will ask for evidence of specific policies.
  • Capital or Revenue – what is the bid or tender for? What will it fund? Capital is plant, premises, equipment, for example and revenue are running costs such as staff time.
  • Always have the 5 Ps in mind! – Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance
  • Records- keep a record of all your funding applications as sometimes during intense periods will may have several bids and tenders submitted at one time.
  • References – not academic references but business and personal references may be asked for, especially to accompany tender documents
  • Insurances – Public liability, for example are usually necessary for tenders.
  • Storyboard –  Creative Thinking –  innovation will determine success of the bid. A storyboard/ mind map that I have used has been included

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2. Mandala Diagram Tool

Sometimes it is useful to use the Mandala Diagram tool – you start with the vision at the centre. How will you achieve it? What’s stopping you? Its most effective when used by a team and its good for visualizing solutions.

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3. SCAMPER Technique

The SCAMPER Technique is a team brainstorming technique used to develop or improve products or services. SCAMPER is an acronym for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify/Magnify, Purpose, Eliminate/Minimize and Rearrange/Reverse. Check out the following link by Shah Mohammed (2017) on the uxblog.

4. Lotus Blossom Technique

The Lotus Blossom technique is a creative-thinking technique that will help you expand your thinking. The technique helps you to organize your thinking around significant themes. You start with a central subject and expand into themes and sub-themes, each with separate entry points. In the Lotus Blossom, the petals around the core of the blossom are figuratively “peeled back” one at a time, revealing a key component or theme. This approach is pursued in ever-widening circles until the subject or opportunity is comprehensively explored. The cluster of themes and surrounding ideas and applications, which are developed in one way or another, provide several different alternative possibilities. It’s a great way to think deeply and comprehensively about a problem or issue.