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…

Work Breakdown Structure

Work Breakdown Structure Increases Focus and Reduces Scope Creep

Experienced facilitators understand both the challenge and value of getting a group to focus on the same thing at the same time.  For most project-related meetings, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) provides a simple method to increase focus. Given Goldblatt’s Triple Constraint Theory, risk can be mitigated through focused discussion on the cost, schedule, and scope…

Structured Facilitation Sessions

Five Compelling Business Reasons To Use Structured Facilitation Sessions

The most important action you take every day is to make choices–to decide.  Your productivity amplifies when your decisions are optimal.  Therefore, choose wisely when to work alone, speak with another person, or call for a meeting.  Here are five compelling reasons for when to use structured facilitation sessions: Structured Facilitation Sessions The advantages to…

Ground Rules Help Manage Meeting Behavior

Ground Rules for Optimal Group Behavior in Meetings and Workshops

Use ground rules to help manage individual and group behavior during meetings and workshops. You can lead meetings and discussions without ground rules, but did you ever leave an unstructured meeting with a headache? The term “discussion” is rooted similarly to the terms “concussion” and “percussion.” A little bit of structure will ensure that you get more…

Premier Facilitators

Twelve Behaviors that Define Great Facilitators

  Today we bring you twelve significant behaviors that define successful, professional facilitators. (ie, GREAT Facilitators) Our scope focuses on structured facilitation (NOT Kum-Bah-Yah) that requires a balanced blend of leadership, facilitation, and methodology. (An alpha sort sequences the following, not order of importance). 7:59 AM preparation and interviews 
(ie, managing expectations and ownership) — Increased experience forces top…

RACI - Roles and Responsibilities

How to Build RACI (Roles and Responsibilities) and Transform it into a GANTT Chart

Here’s how to create a GANTT chart or basic timeline when your discussion or meeting deliverable includes assignments. As a result of capturing the inputs below, you develop consensual understanding about your group’s roles and responsibilities (RACI). (1) WHO will take responsibility for (2) WHAT needs to be done (ranging from simple activities to comprehensive strategies)…

Meeting Length Estimating

Meeting Length Estimating and Workshop Duration Tips and Guidelines

Proper workshop duration and meeting length estimating helps set the schedules and expectations of participants.  If done incorrectly, your sessions risk premature completion, resulting in poor quality.  If your schedule expands, results include scheduling problems and erosion of session leader credibility.                                                                                                                  General Guidelines Schedule workshops for no more than two (or three) days in length…

Meeting Graphics: Mandala

Why care about meeting graphics and illustrations? Visual Basics

Illustrations help capture concepts, ideas, and processes which replace the use of words. Why should we care about meeting graphics and illustrations? Illustrations enable participants to… Agree on concepts Create a memorable strategic plan for vision, mission and objectives Explore complex ideas Find common ground and overcome communication problems Identify key problems “See” what we mean Visualize the…

How to Facilitate Board Meetings

5 Tips on How to Facilitate Board Meetings (or Committees)

You may effectively facilitate Board Meetings by relying on Robert’s Rules of Order, however, blend in facilitative leadership skills to improve your decision quality. In 1876 General Henry M. Robert wrote the rules of American Congress (Parliamentary Procedure) for all citizens and societal groups with his publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order.  Nearly…

MG RUSH FAST Facilitation Leadership Weekly

Lunch and Learn: FAST Structured Facilitation Gems or Takeaways

Prepared as a Lunch and Learn guide, you will find twelve FAST Structured Facilitation gems worth remembering. They are listed in alphabetical order, rather than order of importance. From the perspectives of curriculum developers, instructors, and students, here are the most significant learnings offered by the FAST curriculum and structured facilitation technique. ONE:   7:59am preparation and…