Is the requirement gathering method in projects called when a group tries to find a solution for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members?


No. that's called brainstorming.

Requirement gathering is when the process of deciding which functionality and features will be included in the product and in which platform it will run.

To do that you need to ask Marketing what the users want, the Engineers for what is possible to build Product Management for what is the minimum/maximum effect you're aiming to produce, and in what budget.

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    Please provide evidence for your claims that the following aspects are part of "Requirements Gathering": 1) The decision which functionality and features actually will make it into the product and 2) that requirements must specify "on which platform a product will run". Furthermore: 3) Have you heard of non-functional requirements? In other words, in my view your definition of "Requirements Gathering" (if at all) only applies to simple small-scale software products. Finally, the Q is about "Requirements Gathering Methods", where brainstorming actually may play a certain role. – loom with a crew Dec 28 '18 at 11:14

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