Tell and Cluster is an easy and effective way to get individual notes clustered on affinity groups.

Running the activity:

  1. Ask a participant to choose one note and read it out loud.
  2. Ask the other participants if they have similar notes. If they do, ask them to read them and place them (cluster) next to the first one on that affinity group.
  3. Ask any participant to share a new note and then place it on the canvas starting a new cluster.
  4. Go back to step 2 until all notes are gone.

By the end of this activity, similar notes should be grouped, making the similarities visual and highlighting recurring themes. Focus the conversation on the clusters with more notes.


Remote-team advice: This activity works well for remote teams. Use a remote board of your choice. Ask participants first to write their notes individually and then cluster them as they are presented.