Sept 2018 Quality Progress article "Sticking Out the Storm"

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Sept 2018 Quality Progress article "Sticking Out the Storm"

Posted by Amanda Foster on Sep 14, 2018 9:46 am

I have used sticky notes for brainstorming and similar idea generating activities. It works pretty well if you will complete the task in a sitting or a short period of time. I have found that it is not as effective for the situations in which you need to keep coming back to the activity or  where items move a lot since the sticky notes lose their stickiness after a while.

Anyone else have any experience with this or stories to tell?

Sticking out the Storm
 
Amanda Foster, ASQ CQA

Re: Sept 2018 Quality Progress article "Sticking Out the Storm"

Posted by Harry Rowe on Sep 14, 2018 10:52 am

Amanda,

Back in the 80's I used to work in an organization where we had meeting rooms that were designed for doing that kind of work. The walls were covered with short pile carpet and had some sort of soft backing. We used push pins to stick index cards to the walls. We had massive stocks of index cards in various sizes and colors and jars full of push pins.

For off site meetings, we had panels made up that we could set up on easels. The panels were made by putting a 4' by 4' piece of 1" thick styrofoam insulation inside a zip-up cover made of flannel. You can buy a 4' by 8' sheet of the insulation at a home improvement store for around $14. Just mark it with a yardstick and cut it with a utility knife. The cover isn't necessary, but looks cool.

You could easily get some self-stick hook and loop tape and stick a couple of pieces to a wall, then put matching pieces on a foam board. Then when you are through, you can take the resulting diagram back to your office.

Just watch out for loose push pins.

 
Harry Rowe Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence ASQ Senior Member

Re: Sept 2018 Quality Progress article "Sticking Out the Storm"

Posted by Amanda Foster on Sep 15, 2018 7:33 pm

Harry,

Wow, that's so fun. I imagine the push pins could be hazardous. I have a hard time securing a blank wall for the purpose, imagine entire conference rooms!

 
Amanda Foster, ASQ CQA