Terrence Metz, CSM, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Monthly Facilitation blog features over 300 articles on facilitation skills and tools aimed at helping others lead faster, more productive meetings and workshops that yield higher quality decisions. His clients include Agilists, Scrum teams, program and project managers, senior officers, and the business analyst community among numerous private and public companies and global corporations. As an undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and MBA graduate from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, his professional experience has focused on process improvement and product development. He continually aspires to make it easier for others to succeed.

Scrum Facilitation

Don’t Ruin Your Scrum Sprint — Use these Scrum Facilitation Event Agendas

The Agile mindset demands frequent, if not constant, interaction among its project stakeholders. Perhaps more so with Scrum, than other frameworks. From Daily Scrum meetings to Sprint Retrospective meetings held every one to four weeks, having a formal facilitator or being a facilitative participant adds tremendous value to successful Sprints. So, who facilitates Scrum events…

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” by 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.).  With this article (geared for experienced facilitators and methodologists, but…

Facilitation Skills

Strong Facilitation Skills Guarantee More Successful Meetings

Successful leaders have one thing in common: Strong facilitation skills. What are these facilitation skills and how many do you need to lead a successful meeting? Depending on who you ask, there may be: 6 Essential Facilitator Skills 9 Meeting Facilitation Skills 9 Facilitation Skill Competencies Top 11 Facilitator Skills and of course, many, many…

Risk Analysis - Failure or Innovation?

Risk Analysis – Method and Questions to Facilitate A Portfolio of Projects

You know that project portfolios focused on the best opportunities accelerate innovation. So how do you build consensus around the term “best”? George Day’s article[1] provides excellent logic to help you drive a consensual view of risk analysis. “The risk analysis matrix employs a unique scoring system and calibration of risk. It helps estimate the…

Action Plan = Assignments

How to Build Action Plans with Shared Ownership and Accountability

To build an action plan that transfers ownership and accountability to your meeting participants, begin with the right questions, in the right sequence. Be one of the few facilitators who understands that ownership transfers instantly because participants offer their own “WHO does WHAT by WHEN,” the primary components of any action plan. Consequently, whether you’re…

Leveraging Agile ScrumMaster Facilitator Techniques

ScrumMaster Facilitator Techniques Improve Meetings

Agile’s ScrumMaster facilitator techniques ensure that business communities get quick and responsive results. Constant feedback helps teams prioritize and make adjustments. ScrumMasters constantly facilitate product owners’ requirements and development team efforts. ScrumMaster experience and discipline prove that every structured meeting should embrace ‘agile’ practices. Professional facilitation lends essential skills to the ScrumMaster role because an…

MG RUSH Certified Structured Professional Facilitator

The Primer on Facilitation Certification

With facilitation today there is no common, shared body of knowledge. In part, because facilitation is a fuzzy word and widely applied, there is no single definition — making Facilitation Certification fuzzy as well. In North America, there are three primary methods for certifying professional skills and knowledge.  None of the methods is necessarily superior or inferior…