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…

Ice Breaker Tip

Building Agendas to Deliver the Output You Need from Your Meeting

You should use these steps building agendas because following them will increase your meeting success and personal reputation. Before we begin, let us remember the definition of a solid, structured meeting agenda: Agenda Defined An agenda is a series of steps that structure a group discussion throughout a meeting or workshop. The MG RUSH technique provides field-tested…

Facilitation Reference Guide

Facilitation Reference Guide Supporting an IT Project Workshop

This Facilitation Reference Guide supports an IT project workshop. It begins with management perspective and understanding what needs to be delivered to be called a success. Some call this, “knowing what DONE looks like.” Facilitation Reference Guide — Preparation Phase First and foremost, articulate and codify the deliverables. Next understand the organizational holarchy and the…

Continuous Improvement Pays for Itself

Methodological Awareness About Deming’s 14 Points of Continuous Improvement

Every minute somewhere, someone refers to Deming’s term SMART (ie, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based). Lesser known, however frequently copied, you will find his philosophy of continuous improvement. Therefore, true to his words, enjoy the phrasing of Deming’s 14 points of continuous improvement. You will discover an excellent discussion of them in Chapter 2 of Out…

A Powerful Participants' Package

What to Include in a Workshop Participants’ Package for a Major Initiative

Besides understanding the difference between meeting roles and project or work roles, provide each participant with a participants’ package or pre-read handout. At launch or kickoff or any major inflection points, consider binding a participants’ package with spiral edging across the top of your inserts because it is unique and easier for left-handed note takers.…

Develop the Basis in Four Easy Steps

Develop the Basis for a Successful Meeting or Workshop in 4 Easy Steps

Purpose is to develop the basis for a successful meeting or workshop in four easy steps.  This preparation codifies the program purpose, project scope, session (ie, meeting or workshop) deliverables, and potential participants. Method Do the following: Write down your deliverable and strive to Get Examples! Deliverables illustrate the required documentation and needed information. What are we…

Appreciative Inquiry: Explore the Possibilities

Appreciative Inquiry — A Facilitative Path for the Future

Organizations seeking to change HOW they work may consider Appreciative Inquiry. The Appreciative Inquiry approach evaluates various viewpoints and to create an evolutionary path for the future. It leverages brainstorming, prioritizing, sub-teams, and various other tools we’ve discussed elsewhere, putting them in the context of: “ . . . study and exploration of what gives…