Aug 23, 2013

Feedback requested for e-print: Traverse the landscape of the mind by walking: an exploration of a new brainstorming practice


We (Xiaofeng Wang, Daniel Graziotin, Juha Rikkilä, Pekka Abrahamsson) conducted a pilot study of a new brainstorming technique, which could improve brainstorming session simply by.. thinking and walking.
Put in other words..

We are testing out PeerJ services. So far the experience has been flawless and pleasant.

The pilot study was published as a preprint in PeerJ Preprints.

We kindly ask for feedback on the manuscript as usual. However, we are more interested in obtaining suggestions on the design of the regular experiment that we are going to conduct during the next academic year. That is, we would like to know what we should do in order to effectively investigate the effectiveness of walking (in the nature) to enhance the brainstorming experience.

Thank you all in advance.


Group brainstorming is a well-known idea generation technique, which plays a key role in software development processes. Despite this, the relevant literature has had little to offer in advancing our understanding of the effectiveness of group brainstorming sessions. In this paper we present a research-in-progress on brainstorming while walking, which is a practice built upon the relationship between thinking and walking. The objective is to better understand how to conduct group brainstorming effectively. We compared two brainstorming sessions, one performed during a mountain walk, the other traditionally in a room. Three preliminary findings are obtained: walking can lead to an effective idea generation session; brainstorming while walking can encourage team members to participate in and contribute to the session in an equal manner; and it can help a team to maintain sustainable mental energy. Our study opens up an avenue for future exploration of effective group brainstorming practices.

Read the preprint at https://peerj.com/preprints/51/.

In case you would like to reference this preprint, cite it as

Wang et al. (2013) Traverse the landscape of the mind by walking: an exploration of a new brainstorming practice. PeerJ PrePrints 1:e51v1 http://dx.doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.51v1

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

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