Digimetaplan: Supporting facilitated brainstorming for distributed business teams
Paper in proceeding, 2019

While facilitated brainstorming is a proven ideation method for professional teams, distributed teams are currently not able to enjoy its benefits. As workers are shifting towards collaborating in distributed settings, understanding how interactive systems can support facilitated brainstorming is becoming necessary to ensure that distributed teams remain creative. To address this challenge we designed, implemented, and evaluated DigiMetaplan—an interactive surface-based system for distributed facilitated brainstorming for co-located and remote users. The design of DigiMetaplan was inspired by a widely-used facilitated brainstorming method called Metaplan, where the brainstorming process of a group is coordinated by a facilitator. We evaluated the usability of DigiMetaplan with five hybrid teams consisting of a co-located facilitator and two team members connected with one remote participant. Results showed that the features used in DigiMetaplan on interactive surfaces effectively supported teams in performing facilitated collaborative brainstorming in partially distributed settings. We contribute knowledge on how a brainstorming environment translated into a multi-surface distributed system affects facilitated collaboration.

Remote collaboration

Creative problem solving


Mobile devices

Large displays


Khanh Duy Le

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction design

Pawel Wozniak

Utrecht University

Ali Alavi

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction design

Andreas Kunz

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

978-145037624-2 (ISBN)

18th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, MUM 2019
Pisa, Italy,

Subject Categories

Media and Communication Technology

Interaction Technologies

Human Computer Interaction



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