I first was introduced to a Charette while working with Scenic Design. The creative director has architecture training,and used this technique often.. it’s well suited to the web.
“A Charette is an intense effort to solve any architectural problem within a limited time…. There are two main advantages to working in the context of a charette. The first is that a charette operates in a highly collaborative atmosphere. Instead of an architect taking ideas and plans and going away to develop them on his or her own, a charette allows for the participation of everyone involved with the project, resulting in a highly charged and creative atmosphere. The inclusion of many points of view results in well-rounded and realistic proposals, with everyone satisfied that they were able to contribute. Secondly, Charettes are fast, and relatively inexpensive.”
We’ve just started one at Yahoo! yesterday, and today as I read mr jones again, and find he is too. Perhaps we’ll have to compare notes after.