Distributed interface for group affinity-diagram brainstorming

William Widjaja, Makoto Takahashi

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Affinity diagram is a popular brainstorming method for groups to visualize and organize their ideas together. These groups likely use sticky-note paper and whiteboard as their brainstorming tool. While there is simplicity in using paper, engineers develop technologies that make the process more efficient. However, despite the advantages of technologies, utilizing them in brainstorming was not widely adopted. We explore the earlier technologies proposed and their design flaws, and based on their studies, we propose a digital affinity-diagram system using the concept of concurrent engineering of distributed system and conducted an experiment to compare the productivity of group brainstorming between paper analog method and our proposed digital methods. We will report on which of the two methods is more productive and on whether the proposed system could increase the adoption of digital tools for group brainstorming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-358
Number of pages15
JournalConcurrent Engineering Research and Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1


  • Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • affinity diagram
  • collaboration
  • distributed interface
  • group work
  • groupware
  • sticky note

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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