Though research indicates that electronic brainstorming provides higher productivity, verbal brainstorming is still the most popular method to create ideas in a structured way. The number of generated ideas is most probably not the only meaningful measurement, since the collaborative process of face-to-face brainstorming provides several advantages that outbalance the lower productivity. In order to combine the advantages of verbal and electronic brainstorming, NiCE Brainstorming, an interactive environment was created, not only to enable both methods in a single system but also to support fluid switching between the two ways of brainstorming. It includes an interactive whiteboard application to digitize the process of verbal brainstorming. Moreover, various devices, including computers and Smartphones but also digital paper can be used to contribute ideas in an asynchronous and distributed way. While the whiteboard application provides fluid and fast interaction by introducing a novel and slim interaction concept, the number of supported external devices was increased by using the web-based note taking service Evernote. Although the system was only evaluated informally, we believe in the great potential of the approach, especially regarding the powerful structuring capabilities on the whiteboard. However, we also identified several issues to improve the environment that supports the freedom in the process of brainstorming even further.
|Publication status||Published - 2011|