Top Five

2-40 people

The ideation phase of human-centered design can be challenging and intense. To take a break from the deep thinking, try this easy exercise: identify the top five ideas or themes that stand out to you at the moment. This exercise can help your team strategize, uncover themes, isolate key ideas, and reveal design opportunities.

Workshop steps


Assemble your team and instruct each member to jot down their top five standout ideas.


List your top five ideas and group related ones together. This effectively highlights the most fascinating or crucial aspects at any given moment.


Frequently practice this exercise and change the timeframe. Determine your team's daily top five tasks. What about the weekly top five? Utilize this tool to identify the top five challenges you encounter or the top five innovative ideas you'd like to experiment with.


Maintaining and showcasing the Post-its containing your top five priorities is an excellent method to observe your project's progress and to keep yourself reminded of what's important.

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Anna Lundqvist
UX Designer and AI Ethics Strategist guiding innovative product development and educational workshops
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Eddy Salzmann
Design lead and team culture enthusiast driving products and design processes
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Ola Möller
Founder of MethodKit who has a passion for organisations and seeing the big picture
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