Lunch and Learn: FAST Structured Facilitation Gems or Takeaways

Prepared as a Lunch and Learn guide, you will find twelve FAST Structured Facilitation gems worth remembering. They are listed in alphabetical order, rather than order of importance. From the perspectives of curriculum developers, instructors, and students, here are the most significant learnings offered by the FAST curriculum and structured facilitation technique. ONE:   7:59am preparation and…

Backup Meeting Output

Tips on How to Backup Meeting Output from Whiteboards/ Easels

Using your telephone or a separate camera to record and backup meeting output will help you avoid losing valuable information.  You will capture various benefits with very little time or resource required. A backup provides a strong sense of security from loss of information gathered during your meetings and workshops. Backup Meeting Output from a Whiteboard or…

How to Facilitate Root Cause Analysis

How to Facilitate Root Cause Analysis – an Ishikawa Diagram

The Ishikawa diagram (aka, fishbone diagram) provides an analytic method and systematic way of looking at the potential causes or contributing factors of undesirable effects.  Frequently referred to as a Cause and Effect Diagram, here is how to facilitate root cause. When you facilitate root cause analysis or an Ishikawa diagram, the illustration may resemble…

Meeting Inclusiveness

How to Recognize Diversity, Ensuring Meeting Inclusiveness

The primary responsibility of a facilitator is to protect the participants. Furthermore, the facilitator helps drive the group toward its desired deliverable. Since the deliverable is built to serve the participants, people should take priority over the issues.  To some extent, both people and issues are managed by creating an environment that is conducive to…

Concern, Influence, and Control

Scope Creep Kills: Facilitate Concern, Influence, and Control

Scope creep kills projects. It also kills meetings. The consensual sphere of Concern, Influence, and Control helps a group become mindful of aspects that could alter the groups attitudes, beliefs, and decisions. The consensual sphere of Concern, Influence, and Control helps a group to focus, on one issue at a time, or one aspect at a time.…

Use Fist of Five for Contextual Questions

Use the Fist of Five to Test for Consensus on Contextual Issues

The Fist of Five approach combines the speed of thumbs up/ down and displays the degrees of agreement that can support more complicated decision spectrums. Using this tool, people vote using their hands and display fingers to represent their degree of support. Fist of Five Method When a group comes to consensus on an issue, it means that everyone in the group can…

PowerBalls in BookEnd Sequence

How to Facilitate Prioritization and Build Consensus Quickly

Every meeting leader needs to have a simple tool to quickly facilitate prioritization and consensus around basic issues.  Use our PowerBall method to build consensus in minutes, not hours. Rationale to Facilitate Prioritization It’s faster to get a group to agree on what NOT to discuss anymore.  Therefore, apply the Pareto Principle (aka 80-20 Rule) to help a…

Agile Facilitation

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…

Meeting Problems Generate Resistance

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…