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Tool 12

Nominal group technique

What the tool is

A useful technique, developed by Delbecq and VandeVen, to ensure that everyone involved in solution finding has an equal voice. Some believe that nominal group technique (NGT) produces a higher quality list of solutions than brainstorming.

When to use it

  • When a group includes very vocal or highly dominant individuals.
  • When you believe that quieter members of the group are reluctant to speak in front of the more dominant ones.
  • When the group has, traditionally, not generated a large volume of creative ideas.
  • When the issue is controversial.

What you will need

  • Pen and paper for each participant.
  • Flipchart and marker pens.

How to use it

  1. State the problem and check that everyone understands ...

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