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.

How to Facilitate Ideation

Facilitate Innovation By Using the Brainstorming Tool as Intended

Product innovation provides a significant life force and has become a strategic priority for most companies and organizations. An IBM poll of fifteen hundred CEOs identified creativity as the number one “leadership competency” of the future. A new and remarkable discovery is that the ability to facilitate innovation and innovative ideas is not merely a function…

Ideation Brainstorming Design Sprint

How to Facilitate Brainstorming: Ideation Primer and Analysis Overview

The term “brainstorming” is technically a gerund, a verb that wants to be a noun. A gerund implies more than one step or activity. Osborne’s original Applied Imagination, also knows as Brainstorming, relies on separate Ideation and Analysis activities. To facilitate brainstorming properly use ideation rules and analysis tools. When done poorly, it leaves a…

Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

One of the toughest tasks of a facilitator is to relinquish judgement and fully seek the intent behind the terms used in meetings. Therefore, facilitate meaning, not words. Structured workshops support the information revolution (as opposed to the 20th century industrial revolution). Therefore, remind participants that their words provide instruments supporting the meaning being conveyed. The term…

How to Facilitate Scientists

Considerations on How to Facilitate Scientists, Asians, and Europeans

Recently on a blog, an informal group of mathematicians solved a tough and long-standing mathematics problem in a few weeks. Additionally an MG RUSH alumnae wrote about preparing for an executive workshop and how to facilitate Europeans and Asians between two different companies. The following captures considerations on how to facilitate scientists, as well as considerations…