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What is the Nominal Group Technique?

The Nominal Group Technique is a structured process for generating ideas and prioritizing the preferred options. First, the leader asks an open-ended question. Everyone silently writes down replies on individual notes (see Silent Brainstorming). After a set time, the group then shares ideas one at a time. All ideas are posted, then everyone in the group ranks their top 5 (or another predetermined number) independently. The rankings are then shared and tabulated to reveal which options the group prefers most (see Multivoting).

This technique is also known as the Nominal Group Process

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Related Glossary Terms
KJ Technique, MultiVoting, Silent Brainstorming, Simple Consensus Workshop

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