Nominal Group Technique

Posted on August 17, 2009 by


The Nominal Group Technique is a group decision-making technique that strives to obtain input from all group members. Before having everyone share their ideas, it can be helpful to have them first write their ideas on pieces of paper. While people are taking turns sharing their ideas, it may inspire group members to have even more ideas to share. After all ideas are shared, similar ones may be combined and discussed. The facilitator assures that everyone is heard, and that the discussion is kept non-judgmental and focused. Lastly, group members rank each unique idea and the votes are tallied.

Nominal Group Technique is listed as part of Group Creativity Techniques for the fourth edition PMBOK®’s Collect Requirements process, as an Additional Quality Planning Tool for the Plan Quality process, and as an Information Gathering Technique for the Identify Risks process. Also see the earlier postings of Collect Requirements Process (posted February 24, 2009), Identify Risks Process (posted  April 2, 2009), and Identify Risks Process (posted  April 2, 2009).