Brainstorming: Gap Filling
Gap filling, or gap analysis is a brainstorming method that is commonly used in the business world. That’s not to say that it should be limited to this. The reason that it is so successful in this usage is because it is for solution-based questions. How would you stop global warming? How could BP more effectively treated the oil spill?
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Gap filling is based around finding where Point A is, and then judging how to get to Point B. It is best to look for multiple pathways when brainstorming using this method. Unlike others, gap filling can be left at one solution, and still look complete. You can use other brainstorming methods within this, such as mind mapping and outlining. The way you present your brainstorming is totally up to you, because gap filling is a thought process, not an organizational process, like mind mapping.
You will probably use gap filling in humanities subjects, as they are often based around drawing your own conclusions, and developing solutions to problems. Companies have also used them to improve their performance, so you could also incorporate gap filling into your learning journal.
The edge over its competition comes with gap filling’s ability to produce quantifiable solutions: you can track them extremely easily. Quantifiable goals are important in maintaining a workable workload, and confidence about the project. This means that gap filling is useful in your knowledge and control of process.
Pretty much anything can be used to write down your solutions. You don’t even have to write them down. You might like to use a pen and paper, or go for a more digital solution. Whatever your presentation, your solution is sure to be well-thought-out.
That brings us to the end of the post. I’ve never used this method before, so try it out, and let me know how it goes. Don’t be shy, leave a comment in the box below. I won’t bite, I promise.