• Serves as a transition from previous activity to new task.
  • Helps warm up the brain to support interaction between convergent and divergent thinking.
  • Helps to energize the thinking processes (i.e. early in the morning or after lunch).


Warm-ups can take many different forms; they are similar to ice-breakers. They generally are 5-15 minutes long and tend to be more creative in nature to energize divergent thinking. Sensory stimulation is part of a successful warm-up. Examples include free writing, free drawing, improv, and exercises that cause us to think differently about something ordinary.

Warm-ups are neutral. They are not, and should not be accessed. They should be fun.


  • Teams can be asked to create their own warm-ups to use at the start of team meetings.
  • Any ideation technique can be used as a warm-up, eg. SCAMPER, brainstorming, free drawing.