When creative professionals gather under the auspice of generating ideas, but really intend to bitch and moan about their jobs/workplaces/projects/colleagues.
"We had a lunch meeting. It started out as a great ideation session but devolved into complainstorming."
by ebethleo December 09, 2011
Like brainstorming, except you list complaints about something, and then list the opposite of each complaint. Makes use of people's natural tendency to complain in a constructive way, in that you end up with a more complete picture of what you do want.
We tried brainstorming a solution to scheduling during holidays but only came up with the same old same old. So we switched to complainstorming, and came up with a dozen really good solutions.
by already there November 20, 2015