Idea shopping cart

Ensure a sufficient variety of ideas whilst facilitating everyone’s individual decision making process.

What is this for?

Always having trouble making group decisions concerning the selection of ideas? The “idea shopping cart template” helps you:

  • To ensure a sufficient variety of ideas.
  • To facilitate all participants’ individual selection processes.

Step-by-step guide.

Step 1

Download this PDF and print it on an A3 sheet of paper. You can also draw the diagram on a sheet of paper if you can’t print.

Step 2

Tell everyone to walk around the room (all posters with ideas should be hanging on the walls), read through the ideas and indicate the ones they like with dot-votes.

Pro-tip: Encourage discussions but avoid that people spend 10 minutes discussing 1 idea.

Step 3

Hand out the idea shopping card. Explain that everyone should fill in the top half of the template by selecting and copying (not taking them off the wall) 6 ideas:

  • An original idea
  • An idea for in 5-10 years
  • An  implement now idea
  • An idea addressing a new market
  • An idea about a new offering
  • An idea you just really like

Pro-tip: Change the 6 criteria based upon your goals.

Step 4

Ask people to sit down and turn their 6 ideas into a top 3.

Pro-tip: Explain that they don’t have to copy ideas literally they can build upon existing ideas and tweak them. 

Idea shopping cart

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