About the PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) Template
What is Plus, Minus, Interesting (PMI)?
A critical thinking and brainstorming tool, PMI was developed by Dr. Edward de Bono. it fosters discussion of an idea from multiple points of view, specification what is positive (plus), negative (minus) and what might be neither but is worth considering (interesting). It can be used for a retrospective exercise or a futurespective one depnding on the context of the topic.
As one of simplest templates to use, the goal is simply to provide everyone the opportunity to express their views from different perspectives. The PMI Template is essentially lists headers of Plus, Minus and Interesting and allows participants to add ideas in, either one column at a time, or across the whole template depending on the style of your convsersations. By using the template and having people brainstorm individually, there is less group think and bias and anchoring of ideas or opinons.
- Edward De Bono’s 6 thinking hats technique
- Plus Delta retrospective
- Mad Sad Glad retrospective
- Start Stop Continue
- Agile retrospective
- 4L’s retrospective
Who Should Use the PMI Framework?
- Agile or scrum teams
- Change managers
- Workshop facilitators
- Policy and change makers
- Teams having to evaluate a decision or outcome
- Project teams, including remote teams
- Education settings and lesson plans
Why Should I Run a PMI Retrospective?
The simple goal of Dr De Bono was to overcome some of the narrow views that can be shared when a person expresses their opinion. By considering the plus, minus and interesting aspects of the same decision, it opens up each person’s thinking and encourages creativity. In scrum or agile retrospectives, the PMI is a very useful tool for getting groups who are stuck to list down different perspectives and to then consider the whole picture.
How to Use the PMI Template to Run Better Meetings
Start brainstorming through each of the different hats.
Have people voted on the topics that they would like to discuss the most.
Share the results and facilitate the discussion towards a decision.
Invite everyone to your PMI template in GroupMap and introduce the purpose of the meeting. Ask everyone to start sharing what they think are the positive ideas on the virtual sticky notes in the Plus, Minus and Interesting columns.
Depending on the nature and size of the group, you can either have them do this one column at a time, or at any time. If you have done this via individual brainstorming, then you may want to add a group stage to consolidate ideas that are the same.
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