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…

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

An After Action Review can be used for reviewing a project, program, or other initiatives. Some call the After Action Review has also been referred to with titles such as 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 is known…

Dial Up Decision Quality with More Diverse Teams

Four Reasons You Will Dial Up Decision Quality with More Diverse Teams

Decision quality increases with the quantity of available options. The FAST technique has long promoted the concept of teams to improve decision quality.  Most understand that properly facilitated teams are smarter than the smartest person on the team, especially with diverse teams. Teams create more options than aggregating individual inputs. Diverse teams push even higher, why?…

Transform Force Field Analysis into Actions

How to Facilitate Force Field Analysis Leading to Actions

Force field analysis modifies and improves upon a similar approach called “pros & cons.”  Force field analysis helps groups identify and prioritize actions and opportunities for improvement, especially among project teams. Force field analysis makes it easier for groups to organize their thinking while encouraging thoughtful exploration.  Once supportive and hindering forces are identified, the group analyzes impact, leading to actions that reinforce…

DQ Spider Chart

Questions to Ask If Using a Decision Quality Spider Chart (DQ Spider)

When making decisions, consider testing for decision quality (DQ)[1] so that you can avoid having another meeting.  Therefore, a quick method involves testing your options against your purpose to gauge alignment and support.  The DQ Spider offers an more robust method. First, remember that the FAST Technique defines consensus as a decision good enough that it ‘will be supported’…

How to Facilitate Root Cause Analysis

How to Facilitate Root Cause Analysis – an Ishikawa Diagram

The Ishikawa diagram (aka, fishbone diagram) provides an analytic method and systematic way of looking at the potential causes or contributing factors of undesirable effects.  Frequently referred to as a Cause and Effect Diagram, here is how to facilitate root cause. When you facilitate root cause analysis or an Ishikawa diagram, the illustration may resemble…

Facilitate Simple Prioritization with our PowerBall Method

How to Facilitate Prioritization and Build Consensus Quickly

Every meeting leader needs to have a simple tool to quickly facilitate prioritization and consensus around basic issues. Use our PowerBall method to build consensus in minutes, not hours. Rationale to Facilitate Prioritization It’s faster to get a group to agree on what NOT to discuss anymore.  Therefore, apply the Pareto Principle (aka 80-20 Rule) to help a…

Power of the Single Cell

Power of a Single Cell to Make Your Deliverables More Robust

With structured analysis, each piece of data or single cell might be decomposed another layer. Amplify this approach even further by splitting your four cells into sixteen.  Therefore, see the picture below.  We can now ask, generate, and record sixteen pieces of information on a large Post-It® for each assignment.  Note how we take the four…

Basic Decision Matrix

Facilitate a Decision Matrix to Document Supporting Rationale

A decision matrix supports both decision-making and decision quality at the same time. A decision matrix can be viewed as the ‘logic’ behind all decisions, providing the rational for both the support and reasons to de-select or de-emphasize one of the options. Method to Create a Decision Matrix Once “Purpose” to the object (ie, topic) has…