Getting participants to stick to ground rules is a common problem in brainstorming sessions, but it isn’t the only challenge that can arise. There’s also the tricky human factor to consider — specifically different personality types and group dynamics.
You may encounter dominant participants, who may use the session for their own agenda and prevent others from contributing, and “groupthink,” which causes people to go along with the group.
You may also see digression, which can take attention away from the real risks, and quiet group members, who sometimes get excluded from the discussion. But there are some methods you can use to combat these situations.
If the problem is dominant participants who want to hijack the session for their own personal agenda, interrupt them politely and summarize the point they’re trying to make.
Then ask what risk the issue they’re focused on poses to your current project, and invite the input of other group members.
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