Use a brainstorming tool

Learn about brainstorming tools

Engage offers several types of brainstorming tools.

Use a fishbone to brainstorm the possible causes of a specific effect.

Use a CT tree to identify ways to meet customers' needs. CT trees allow you to brainstorm inputs about a critical-to-quality statement.

Use an idea map for general purpose brainstorming. Idea maps allow you to brainstorm ideas about a central question.

Use a mind map to organize related ideas and concepts. Mind maps allow you to brainstorm ideas about a central topic.

Add a brainstorming tool

Add a brainstorming tool to quickly generate and visually organize thoughts.

  1. From the navigator pane, select Add Tool, then select a brainstorming tool template. Either browse through the list of tools or start typing the tool name in the Search box.
  2. Select Create to add the tool to your project.

Generate a brainstorm list

In a brainstorming tool, you can quickly generate a brainstorm list by typing items in the task pane or by importing variables from other tools in your project.

  1. In a brainstorming tool, choose View > Task Pane.
  2. In the task pane, type an item and press Enter.
  3. Select one or more items in the list and drag them to a shape on the diagram. You can also drag items from the diagram back to the list.
    Tip

    To import variables from other tools into the brainstorm list, select Import X Variable or Import Y Variable in the task pane, then, in the Data Selection dialog box, select the variables to import.

Make X and Y variables from shapes

After you drag items from the brainstorm list to shapes on the diagram, you can make X and Y variables from the shapes. When you make a variable from a shape, you can later add it to shape on a process map or to a table in a form for further analysis. In this example, you want to make an X variable from a shape that contains an item that you generated in the brainstorm list.

  1. In a brainstorming tool, select a shape that contains an item from the brainstorm list, then right-click and select Make X Variable.
  2. When the Make Variable dialog box appears, select OK. Engage makes a variable from the list item you dragged to the shape.
This new variable is unmapped until you add it to shape on a process map, which you will do in the next chapter.

What's next

Now that you have generated ideas and made X variables from shapes on a brainstorming tool, use a process map to map your process.
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