Real-Win-Worth Questions

Real-Win-Worth Provides a Superior Facilitating Opportunity

In an earlier article (see: Risk Analysis – Method and Questions to Facilitate a Portfolio of Projects) we defined “best” as projects that scored favorably in an Innovation test by looking at the relative technology and market risks associated with new ideas (eg, process, product, etc.). Similarly, with this article (geared for experienced facilitators and methodologists,…

Facilitating Team Charters

A Toolbox for Facilitating Team Charters and Project Plans

Modern leaders facilitate the development of consensually owned team charters, including work breakdown structure (WBS). You can create additional time for yourself by facilitating team charters with members who build their own activities and support requirements to help you reach your project objectives. Project Tools (below in italics) will help you build robust team charters and projects plans. For your benefit, each link takes…

BPI Phase One Check-Off

How to Facilitate Business Process Improvement Projects

Change or Die – How to Facilitate Business Process Improvement (Manual) ships from Amazon and other fine book sellers. Hence, tt feels good and has the right girth, not too thick and not too thin. Therefore, if your organization recognizes opportunities to improve, this book details a proven method, built upon the consensual technique of…

Agile vs Waterfall

Agile vs Waterfall? Don’t Risk Failure By Using the Wrong One

A professional facilitator handles several types of assignments, from planning through design. However, most facilitators must also provide a method for securing the deliverable. Although a different role, the ‘methodologist’ responsibilities make up the most important part of preparing for many meetings. How will you lead the group successfully from the Introduction through the Wrap? When…

Leveraging Agile ScrumMaster Facilitator Techniques

Scrum Master Facilitator Techniques Improve Meetings

Agile’s Scrum Master facilitator techniques ensure that business communities get quick and responsive results. Constant feedback helps teams prioritize and make adjustments. A Scrum Masters facilitates against impediments and for product owners’ requirements to support development team efforts. Scrum Master experience and discipline prove that every structured meeting should embrace ‘agile’ practices. Professional facilitation lends…

Work Breakdown Structure

Work Breakdown Structure Increases Focus and Reduces Scope Creep

Experienced facilitators understand both the challenge and value of getting a group to focus on the same thing at the same time. For most project-related meetings, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) provides a simple method to increase focus. According to Goldblatt’s Triple Constraint Theory, mitigate risk through focused discussion on the cost, schedule, and scope of…

How to Facilitate an After Action Review

How to Facilitate an After Action Review (Hot Wash): Agenda and Tips

Use an After Action Review for debriefing a project, program, or other initiatives. An After Action Review may also be called an After-Action Debriefing, a Look Back, a Post Mortem, or a Hot Wash, among others. In the Agile community, some call it a Retrospective. The concept provides a reflection by those involved to learn what…

RACI - Roles and Responsibilities

How to Transform a Roles and Responsibility Matrix into a GANTT Chart

Here’s how to create a Gantt chart or basic timeline when your discussion or meeting deliverable includes assignments for actions that have already been built or identified. As a result of capturing the additional inputs below, you develop consensual understanding from your group’s roles and responsibility matrix (RACI or RASI or LACTI). (1) WHO will take…

Structure Your Meetings for Consistent Outputs

Unstructured Meeting Costs Rise: Use an MG RUSH Structured Technique

Meeting costs to American businesses as a result of poorly run meetings (typically unstructured) continue to rise. Surveys indicate that on average managers waste: 8.5 hours per week for low level management 10.4 hours per week for middle level management 11.5 hours per week for senior level management As a strong and effective facilitator, you…