Rose, Thorn, Bud
What is a Rose, Thorn, Bud workshop?
This tactic allows you to thoroughly evaluate an idea, project or process, identifying positives, negatives and opportunities.
Evaluate something as a group in order to find out what you really love about it, what might not be working and how to improve it.
How to run a Rose, Thorn, Bud workshop
1. Select and agree on the thing you want to evaluate. For example: a design, a project, an idea, a service, your life choices, the movie you just saw.
2. Write a short description or find a suitable image of the thing.
3. Put it on the wall so everyone can see it clearly.
4. Explain the sticky note colour system:
Rose: red sticky notes (positive aspects of the thing)
Thorn: yellow sticky notes (negative aspects, or things to watch out for)
Bud: green sticky notes (potential opportunities to grow the idea)
5. Using this system, ask your group to write as many points as they can within a time limit.
6. Theme Sort the sticky notes and take it in turns to discuss each person’s point.
Origin: Boy Scouts of America