This is also called a Cascade Session and Idea Writing and is similar to the 6-3-5 method.


  1. Each group member writes down ideas silently on a piece of paper. These might be stimulated by an idea already generated.
  2. After three minutes the person passes the paper to his or her neighbor, who uses the ideas already written as triggers for, or stepping stones to, some new ones.
  3. The process is repeated for as long as necessary, and the sheets are collected.

Other techniques can then be used to develop the most promising ideas.