• Photo of the demolition of a farm silo.

    The Zen of Charrettes: The way out of the silos

    Published on June 17, 2016

    The challenge is that we are all specialists working in fortified silos, buried in too much work, with too much information, and doing too many things at once.

  • This photo shows an example of an Ease/Impact Map. It shows Hard and Easy columns, and High Impact and Low Impact rows.

    Forget dot voting, use an ease/impact map

    Published on February 29, 2016

    The NCI will be replacing the dot voting exercise with ease/impact mapping. Taken from our research into the Design Thinking toolbox, ease/impact maps are a way of gaining consensus on priorities rather than creating winners and losers.

  • Collaboration overload?

    Published on January 15, 2016

    We live in the age of collaboration. Everywhere you look, people are realizing that the only way to solve our problems is to work together.

  • Lean Charrettes

    Published on June 18, 2014

    NCI Faculty and Board Member, David Brain, presented a well-received paper on "Lean Charrettes" at the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) in Buffalo, NY this month.

  • Key Learnings from our Michigan Charrette

    Published on May 16, 2014

    Earlier this month, NCI led a seven-day charrette to create a vision for the 21-mile stretch of Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue from the Lansing Capitol through East Lansing out to rural Webberville, MI.

  • Charrettes and wedding planning

    Published on October 10, 2012

    A charrette is a lot like a big wedding. It can take a full year or more to plan a wonderfully successful wedding attended by hundreds of people.