7 Reasons Why Agile Facilitation is Powerful, if Not Redundant

We love Agile.  You should too.  For most of you, some version of Agile methodology will eventually replace waterfall SDLC (software development life-cycle) and PDLC (product development life-cycle).  For many of you, it already has.  Agile facilitation are terms so intertwined, one could claim they are nearly redundant, yet remarkably powerful. Agile methodology compelled us…

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Five Meeting Problems and What You Should Do About Them

Ever develop that sense of deja vu about not getting anywhere during a meeting?  Meeting problems are indicative of resistance that is generated during a meeting.  Resistance can be prevented and mitigated with professional behavior.  Here’s what to do about meeting problems. 1.  Lack of clear purpose All too frequently, meetings are held for the primary benefit…

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“The distribution of collaborative work is often extremely lopsided . . .”

Success in complex organizations depends increasingly on collaborative work.  No one person has all the answers.  Yet collaboration and teamwork are not heavily promoted. Get Your FAST Weekly Ready to lead better, more productive meetings? Every Thursday, FAST Weekly brings you fresh, insightful alternatives to the way you may be leading meetings and workshops.Subscribe now…

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How to Manage a Problem Person During Meetings

A problem person is a meeting distraction and their message is ineffective because of some characteristic that gets in the way of clearly communicating. “Politikos” — Nature of the Problem Person The term ‘Politikos’ means ‘the science of people.  You deal more ably with participants as you gain more experience.  However, there is a certain…

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How You Can Convert Meeting Conflict into More Robust Decision-making

There is no instructional class in the world that will teach you how to facilitate a resolution to all meeting conflict.  Sometimes, people or parties refuse to agree simply because they do not like each other.  Fortunately you can rely on a three-step method that helps manage meeting conflict and secure consensus that is repeatable…

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“Customer Moat: Unveiling the Secrets of Business Strategy”

Eddie Sung (Author) has released an easily readable book, Customer Moat: Unveiling the Secrets of Business Strategy, that some might call a primer.  Although his discussion does not break new ground (like “Blue Ocean Strategy), he brings life and enjoyable reading to the basics of profit building, illustrating the complex interrelationship of customer voice mixed…

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The Most Effective Facilitator Avoids Using the Word “I”

As an effective facilitator, stop using the word “I”. For some, it is quite natural to substitute the plural “we” or “us”.  For others, it remains a significant challenge.  If you find it is a challenge, consider this opportunity as the number one change you can make to become a more effective facilitator. We have witnessed…

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How to Facilitate a Conference with Multiple Presentations

During a recent four-day conference, we facilitated more than 20 speakers and multiple presentations with very distinctive topics ranging from embracing social responsibility to utilizing Google® Hangouts for small groups.  Our approach was highly applauded so we are sharing it with you, so that you can become a more effective facilitator. As the FAST technique instructs,…

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Differences Between Skills of Project and Program Management

Close analysis of the PMBOK® version5 suggests that all skills required for effective project management are also required for program management.  Differences are not the skills required, but the prioritization and relative importance of them to each role. At a high-level, both project management and program management require: Conceptual skills Design skills Human skills Technical skills However, there are…

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4 Phases: Strategy Execution Map, Great Questions to Ask

Discovering and creating a Strategy Execution Map may proceed in four phases: Preparation:  Evidence-based discussion relies on facts, opinions, and perceptions gathered during a workshop from key stakeholders.  See the questions below to guide your agenda and construct for a Strategy Execution Map. Education:  This phase will describe the process end-to-end to establish a common vocabulary…

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The FAST Technique and How FAST Helps You Succeed

The structured FAST technique ensures more effective meetings and workshops when you require group input, building consensus, and decision-making quality.  If you want to succeed at your personally led meetings, teams, and groups of people, the structured FAST technique will make you more successful as a leader, facilitator, and methodologist. Most academic books, classes, and courses focus on the individual;…

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Facilitating Strategy Execution Map, Implicit Role and Structure

Facilitating Strategy Execution refers to all the processes, activities, and tasks required to convert business strategy into results.  Organizations need a strategy execution map to gain and sustain competitive advantage.  The characteristics of a Strategy Execution Map include: A formal, structured, and systematic approach (ie, process) A high-level, visual blueprint for strategy execution (ie, output)…

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3 Review Meetings: Operational, Strategy, and Strategy Renewal

  Deliverables should drive meetings, even review meetings.  Face-to-face time is too expensive to hold unstructured discussions and hope some of it sticks.  Here are three strong reasons for review meetings and additional comments on the different types of deliverables, frequency, and structure for each.  3 Review Meetings Operational Review  Strategy Review Strategy Renewal Meeting…

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