• 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.

  • Attendees of the MSU Extension training by NCI, listening to a presenter.

    Public meeting challenge? Send in the working groups.

    Published on July 12, 2012

    There was a much informative discussion this week on the topic of advisory committees, or working groups as they are sometimes called, at the NCI Charrette System™ training at the Michigan State University Extension in Lansing.

  • You never know what will happen at a charrette!

    Published on June 14, 2012

    We had a real charrette moment at our public NCI Charrette System Certificate training in DC last week. At around 2 PM on the first day of the training we were asked to evacuate the building.

  • Collaborate? Sure, but how…

    Published on January 18, 2012

    The recent New York Times opinion piece, "The Rise of the New Groupthink," poses a challenge to the rising trend of increased collaboration in business and schools.

  • Tip of the Month: Pre-charrette education

    Published on August 24, 2010

    How can you reduce the learning curve for charrette participants? If you have a complex issue like affordable housing or sustainable street design you may not want to wait until the charrette to start the discussion.

  • Tip: How to start a charrette

    Published on September 16, 2009

    It may seem basic, but the most important thing to tell a community the first time you meet them is that you haven’t started the design yet.

  • Tips for selling charrettes

    Published on October 27, 2008

    One of the most common questions we receive at NCI is how to convince a sponsoring agency or client to do a charrette for their project.

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