Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Idea quota is an idea generating protocol where you simply set a time and set a quota of ideas that you would like students to generate. The guideline for brainstorming is judgement free, that no idea is a bad idea, and to simply get as many ideas out on sticky notes. Ideally, if you have sticky notes, students write one idea per sticky note so this protocol can be used with other solutions protocols, like affinity mapping.
Idea Quota Protocol Instructions
The protocol I tried was Idea Quota. Designers always like this one as they can be turned loose ‘fast and furious’ on and ‘anything goes’ approach. Students blasted through ideas. Then we needed to funnel down these ideas.
What was Challenging? Many ideas were well received. Students seem to already have a direction in mind, but needed to slow down for a bit prior to moving further forward.
Where did I find success? Success was with the blend of the group. They showed respect to divide up talent and work for a common goal.
"Break it down and its 25 ideas per person over the course of eight minutes."
"150 post-it notes as a group?!"
Meet the Educator:
Hello, my name is James Larsen and for the past 16 years I have taught Printing and Graphics at the Careerline Tech Center. Since 2013, I have been actively involved with futurePREP’d including… IChallengeU, Unite4Insight, FUZE, the Academy and Summer Career Camp. As someone who teaches in a creative field, I absolutely love design thinking. Over the years, I have been able to have many of my students pair up and work with local business, companies, and organizations while experiencing the reward of PBL and and the creative process.
"I love the being able to take a ‘Deep Dive’ into the ‘why’ of new projects using Design Thinking. Each stage offers new protocols and possibilities that make Design Thinking and PBL projects always exciting."