Terrence Metz, CSM, PSPO, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Facilitation Best Practices 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.

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…

Scrum Facilitation

Don’t Ruin Your Scrum Sprints — Facilitate Scrum Events Using These 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 activities to Sprint Retrospective events held every one to four weeks, Scrum facilitation adds tremendous value to successful Sprints. The following activities and events instruct on how to facilitate 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” 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,…

Public Relations Innovation

New Ideas Propel Public Relations Innovation to Influence Service and Community

Alex Osborn, the cohesive force behind creating ‘brainstorming’, shared a message with public relations professionals in 1948. Today, his message resonates louder than ever: facts and scientific research may be used to clarify our public problems, yet evidence alone “cannot find solutions unless populated by new ideas”[1] Ideas that could arise from public relations innovation.…

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

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…