Digimetaplan: Supporting facilitated brainstorming for distributed business teams
Paper i 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, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign

Pawel Wozniak

Universiteit Utrecht

Ali Alavi

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign

Andreas Kunz

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)

ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

978-145037624-2 (ISBN)

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




Människa-datorinteraktion (interaktionsdesign)



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