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Below, you’ll find a 90-minute brainstorming meeting agenda to keep your discussion organized. The bulk of the conversation is the brainstorming itself. That section requires a framework to draw out good ideas. You’ll see brainstorming framework options in the section below the agenda template. 


Brainstorming Meeting Agenda Template

Purpose: To generate new ideas outside of daily work to propel the organization’s growth.

  • Attendees: Full team, executive team only, or whole staff (small companies)
  • Frequency: Adhoc
  • Duration: 90 minutes


  • Meeting Overview (5 minutes)
  • Brainstorming Rules (5 minutes)
    • Go over the ground rules for the session
      • Examples: Defer judgment until later, encourage wild ideas, build on others’ ideas
  • Brainstorm (60 minutes)
    • Describe the brainstorming framework*
      • See below for frameworks
    • Break into smaller groups if necessary to cover different aspects or stay as one group depending on the size of the meeting
  • Prioritize Ideas (10 minutes)
    • Identify themes or group related ideas into one
    • Vote to prioritize the ideas based on criteria set earlier (feasibility, impact, ability to execute, etc.)
    • Decide on which ones to pursue and which ones to record for later consideration
  • Assign Tasks (5 minutes)
    • Pick owners for each idea
    • Assign the first task required to move each idea forward
  • Meeting Feedback (5 minutes)
    • Ask: What went well during this brainstorming session? How would you improve this session next time?


Brainstorming Frameworks & Concepts

Use one of these five brainstorming frameworks to facilitate the 60-minute brainstorm item of the meeting agenda.


1. Mind Mapping

  • Source: Mind Tools
  • How it works:
    • Start with a central concept or problem.
    • Branch out ideas in a non-linear fashion.
    • Use colors, images, and keywords to expand on each idea.
    • Explore sub-ideas from main branches to create a visual map.


2. SCAMPER Method

  • Source: Interaction Design Foundation
  • How it works:
    • Substitute: Replace a component or concept.
    • Combine: Merge ideas or processes.
    • Adapt: Modify or alter for different uses.
    • Modify: Change size, shape, attributes.
    • Put to another use: Find new ways to utilize an idea.
    • Eliminate: Simplify or remove parts.
    • Reverse: Reverse or reorganize the process.


3. Six Thinking Hats

  • Source: The de Bono Group
  • How it works:
    • Participants think from six different perspectives:
      • White Hat: Facts and data
      • Red Hat: Emotions and feelings
      • Black Hat: Cautious, critical thinking
      • Yellow Hat: Positive, optimistic thinking
      • Green Hat: Creative, lateral thinking
      • Blue Hat: Process control, managing the thinking process


4. Brainwriting (6-3-5 Method)

  • Source: Zapier
  • How it works:
    • Six participants, each writing three ideas in five minutes.
    • Each participant passes their ideas to the next person.
    • Build and expand on received ideas.
    • Continue the cycle for five rounds.


5. Round Robin Brainstorming

  • Source: Mural
  • How it works:
    • Participants take turns to contribute ideas one by one.
    • Keep rotating until all ideas are exhausted.
    • Record every idea for review.


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