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Nominal Group Technique: When to use it

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When to use it

  • Use it when a problem is well understood, but knowledge about it is dispersed amongst several people.
  • Use it when a rapid consensus is required from a team, rather than a more detailed consideration.
  • Use it when the team is stuck on an issue, for example when they disagree about something.
  • Use it when the group prefers a structured style of working together.
  • Use it, rather than Brainstorming, when a limited list of considered opinions is preferred to a long list of wild ideas, or when the group is not sufficiently comfortable together to be open and creative.


Fig. 1.  Using the Nominal Group Technique in problem solving


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