Facilitate Speakers

How to Facilitate Speakers and Conference Presentations

During a recent four-day conference, we facilitated more than 20 speakers and varying presentations, each citing distinctive topics ranging from embracing social responsibility to utilizing Google® Hangouts for small groups. Participants applauded our approach, and we decided to share it here to help you become a more effective facilitator. Challenges Associated with Facilitating Speakers and…

Liberated Design Sprint Planning, by Douglas Ferguson

Liberated Design Sprint Planning, by Douglas Ferguson

Using methods from Liberating Structures to create the perfect plan for your Design Sprint  MG RUSH welcomes Douglas Ferguson as an Endorsed Facilitator and Guest writer.  Douglas is an expert in Design Sprints, start-up inspired strategies, and innovation transformation. A proven and successful CTO in his past life, Douglas has a passion for helping organizations solve tough problems…

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,…

Risk Analysis - Failure or Innovation?

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

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 probability of success…

SMART Goals

How To Convert Requirements or Fuzzy Goals into SMART Objectives

Meeting participants do not argue about verbs and nouns because they focus on modifiers. Modifiers include adjectives, adverbs and sometimes phrases that describe verbs and nouns. For example, participants won’t argue that “the job needs to be done”.  Rather, they will argue that the job needs to be done well and done quickly.  What qualifies as well and quickly…

Fuzzy - Focus on What is Right, NOT Who is Right

Higher Decision Quality Focuses on ‘WHAT’ is Right, NOT ‘WHO’ is Right

Decision making frequently includes fuzzy information, fuzzy implications, and fuzzy thinking.  To reduce fuzziness, and amplify higher decision quality, drive your group to focus on What is right, NOT Who is right. By structuring your inquiry and methodology, you help minimize the risk of decisions made that may not be more than educated gambles. Some cultures…