Do NOT Attempt a Design Sprint Without a Facilitator

What is a Design Sprint? Created at Google Ventures, a Design Sprint represents a methodology that helps teams complete a five-day workshop for building and testing some problem-solving product or solution (prototype).  A prototype might include a product on a screen, on paper, a service, a physical space, or an object. Created by Google Venture’s…

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” by 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.).  With this article (geared for experienced facilitators and methodologists, but…

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

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…

Daily Stand-up

How to Use the Principles of Agile’s Daily Stand-Up in Your Staff Meetings

There are good meetings and there are long meetings but there aren’t many good, long meetings. The Agile Methodology that encourages self-evolving teams depends on a daily stand-up meeting. Strictly time-boxed to fifteen minutes duration, the daily stand-up may also be called a morning roll-call, daily huddle, or a daily scrum. You can use the methodology…

Smart Goals

Six Strategy-Crushing Mistakes Organizations Make And How You Can Rise Above the Rubble (Part 2 of 2)

By Mark Morgan, CEO and Founder of StratEx Advisors, Inc. Part 2: How You Can Rise Above the Rubble There may be a hundred ways to leave your lover, as the old song goes. But there are only three fundamental things needed to get a strategy executed and prevent strategy-crushing results. Take it from the top.…

Endorsed Facilitators

MG RUSH Certified, Professional, Endorsed Facilitators are Helping to Solve World Problems

MG RUSH Certified, Professional, Endorsed Facilitators are truly special. Thousands of alumni have earned promotions to executive positions, directorships, and C-level responsibility. MG RUSH facilitators lead groups ranging from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to greenfield initiatives about the genetic bar-coding of zebra meat to prevent illegal poaching. Furthermore, many alumni branch out on their own as independents,…

What is TRIZ and When Should You Use It?

TRIZ is a methodology focused on innovative process or product improvement.  Use it when you need innovative thinking that extends beyond common process flow diagrams and requirements gathering. Look at further variations such as ARIZ, I-TRIZ, P-TRIZ, 40 Inventive Principles (with Applications in Service Operations Management), Reverse Fishbone, TRIZICS, USIT, SIT, and/or ASIT. “TRIZ” is a…

How to Facilitate an After Action Review

How to Facilitate an After Action Review: Agenda and Tips

Use an After Action Review for debriefing a project, program, or other initiatives. An After Action Review may also be called an After-Action Debriefing, a Look Back, a Post Mortem, or a Hot Wash, among others. In the Agile community, some call it a Retrospective.  The concept  provides a reflection by those involved to learn what…

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 for actions that have already been built or identified. As a result of capturing the additional inputs below, you develop consensual understanding about your group’s roles and responsibilities (RACI). (1) WHO will take responsibility for (2) WHAT needs…