Remote UX work变得越来越普遍。因此,对于许多团队来说,远程会议和研讨会正在成为规则。另外,追求multidisciplinarydesign that involves team members from a variety of disciplines makes remote ideation even more likely.

尽管可能的人的观点是可能的,但是在可能的情况下是优选的,remote ideation can be just as effective, and opens up more options如何构建和运行思想生成过程

In同步ideation sessions, all participants meet together at a specific time to discuss design problems and contribute ideas.

Asynchronousideation does not occur at a specific time, but instead allows each participant to view and contribute to a shared digital space (document, message thread, or other tool) whenever they choose, over a longer period of time.

这两个结构都有他们的好处和缺点,但每个结构都有它的ux和思想实践。

Synchronous Ideation

When we hear the term “meeting,” we immediately picture two or more people getting together. Video meetings, screen-sharing platforms, or even conference calls (perhaps paired with a digital-ideation tool) are common ways to facilitate synchronous ideation.

显示4个人的分裂屏幕的例证在一个遥远的会议,三名成员分享他们的网络摄像头,而第四个分享她的屏幕。
Synchronous communication refers to meetings where all attendees gather at a shared time, either in person or remotely (using some remote-meeting tool or simply the phone as a communication channel). In this illustration, four teammates meet remotely to share ideas. One of the teammates shares her screen (rather than her camera) and captures the team’s ideas in a collaborative document.

Benefits of Synchronous Ideation

  • Fast exchange of ideas:同步通信有助于快速讨论,以及迅速建立彼此的贡献。
  • Focused attention:因为有一个设定的时间限制 - 商定会议的长度 - 团队成员将专注于任务,因此同步会话可以在短时间内获得结果。
  • Team building:Direct communication among coworkers (whether on the phone or through a video-communication tool) builds camaraderie and thus facilitates the exchange of ideas in a remote team.

同步思想的缺点

  • Scheduling:Finding a common time when all team members are available to meet can be difficult when the team is spread across different time zones or when members have a range of workloads.
  • 遥远的尴尬:远程同步会议困扰着多个人的尴尬实例,无意中开始同时发言(其次是长时间的沉默,然后几个提示“继续”)和不均匀的通信组动态问题
  • Difficulty selecting the right tool:超出分享一个人的屏幕或流媒体参与者的网络摄像头的工具,并支持同时共享多个想法草图可能很难找到。当然,远程共享工具继续发展,所以希望这个问题在不久的将来会失去相关性。

Asynchronous Ideation

Sending an email or text message is the simplest form of asynchronous communication, as you don’t necessarily know when the recipient will view or respond to your message. Remote asynchronous ideation may occur through a message thread (e.g. a Slack channel), a collaborative document (e.g. a Google Doc), or another ideation tool.

Illustration showing an example message thread of ideas between team members.
Asynchronous communication means that people can contribute to a shared message thread or digital document whenever their schedule allows, regardless of time zones or the availability of the rest of the team. In this illustration, team members contribute ideas to a message thread over a period of several days.

Of course, asynchronous ideation could also be conducted using a physical channel — for example, ideas can be posted to a bulletin board or a white board in a shared location such as a meeting room or hallway, and team members view and contribute to this space according to their own schedules. But in practice, such physical channels for asynchronous communication are less common than the digital ones.

异步思想的好处

  • Freedom to contribute when convenient:Asynchronous ideation avoids the tricky scheduling issues that synchronous sessions suffer from. People can share their ideas whenever they have time. That means each teammate can work around their own scheduling conflicts and deadlines, while still being able to contribute. Asynchronous ideation can be particularly useful if your company has only a few UX people, who are overloaded and support multiple teams. For the same reason, asynchronous ideation might also work better for fast-paced敏捷schedules.
  • 孵化的想法的时间:Asynchronous ideation gives people time and space to think through ideas on their own and frees them from the pressure to be a genius on demand. Often, people need to “mull over” a design problem before they can generate potential solutions. If you have some confident and talkative teammates who tend to dominate synchronous sessions, asynchronous ideation will allow the quieter teammates time to formulate their ideas and contribute without getting talked over.

异步思想的缺点

  • 较少的团队建设机会:人们不会有机会彼此直接互动,连接可能需要更长时间才能形成。
  • 不太关注和焦点:人们可以很容易地失去几天或几周的兴趣,特别是随着新的工作项目继续出现。他们可能会忘记重新审视共享数字空间或继续促进更多的想法。
  • 更多的时间追赶:Teammates will need to spend time getting back up-to-speed each time they revisit the shared space, reading through anything that has been contributed since the last time they looked. Depending on how many people are involved and how many ideas are generated, this process may end up taking quite some time.

Conclusion

同步和异步远程思想都有他们的想法实践;两种方法都没有比另一个更好。

当您需要快速生成并选择一个想法时,同步会话最佳,以便在设计过程中向前移动。当情况复杂并且需要前回讨论以及通过潜在的解决方案进行讨论时,它们也在很好地工作。

Asynchronous ideation is great when there isn’t a fast-approaching deadline, giving you the luxury of a longer timeline to contribute ideas. Gathering ideas asynchronously can be a life saver when everyone’s schedule is packed or when the team is spread across multiple time zones.

You can always blend the two methods! You could conduct a synchronous ideation kickoff meeting to talk through the issue at hand and perhaps capture some of the team’s initial ideas, then open up a shared document or thread for people to contribute additional ideas asynchronously for a designated period of time after that meeting. Conversely, you could gather the team’s ideas asynchronously for a few days, then follow up with a shared, synchronous, ideation session.

尝试一些不同的格式和雷莫的工具te ideation to find what works best for your team. You’ll likely find that each ideation situation calls for a different solution.

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