Contrast

SMART Versus DUMB Criteria

Purpose The intent here is to illustrate the difference between clear, or SMART (Specific, Measurable, Adjustable, Relevant, and Time-based) definitions and criteria contrasted with unclear or DUMB (ie, Dull, Ubiquitous, Myopic, and Broad) definitions and criteria. An Unclear Business Definition (Example of DUMB Customer ID) “The ID of the customer” A Clear Business Definition (Example of SMART…

Requirements

How to Facilitate Requirements Gathering (Primer)

When projects are accused of poor requirements gathering, the accusation is normally false.  The requirements gathered end up solid, but project gets exposed to additional costs because of the requirements that get lost.  To facilitate any type of descriptive or prescriptive build-out of a process or series of activities, and to prevent omissions, use a structured approach…

How to Actively Listen Relies on Reflection

The Four Steps to Actively Listen – Strive to Reflect Rationale

Actively listen and capture one of the most important aspects of effective facilitation. As an active listener, you feedback (emphasize, restate) what the speaker has offered to the group, and more importantly, why.  Be sure to reflect on the rationale, the ‘because’ behind the speaker’s main point.  To actively listen serves several purposes: Often, the participant is formulating thoughts…

Role of Session Leader

Both Facilitator and Methodologist: Role of Session Leader

The Role of Session Leader You have a multitude of tasks to perform during the workshop.  Success of the facilitator’s effort is dependent upon your skill, knowledge, and abilities as a session leader.  The role of session leader includes both the traditional role of “Facilitator” discussed below and the role of “Methodologist” discussed on the…