Thursday, October 05, 2006

Creative Thinking is Untidy

In a few hours, I'll lead a brainstorming session for our team. In attendance will be about thirty Microsoftie left-brainers and one right-brainer (me). It should be interesting.

Asking people who code all day in a linear, logical manner to think abstractly and creatively is no small request. It is huge, a temporary re-mapping of their brains, and I presume that it is as thoroughly exhausting for them as it would be for me to attempt math or logic puzzles all day.

So I will go about it gently, introducing them slowly to this unfamiliar way of thinking, even coaxing and encouraging them with candy. The goal is to ultimately come up with a name for this new platform we're working on -- a creative name, not something like Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Server. (And not something weird like Zune, either...)

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Betsy said...

So how did it go?

Carol said...

It never goes as one expects... but it went quite well.


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