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…

Science of Teamwork

The New Science of Teamwork: Is it new or just MG RUSH Professional Facilitation at work?

The lead article in the March-April (2017) Harvard Business Review reads like a promotion for our MG RUSH Professional Leadership, Facilitation, and Methodology training.  The principal recommendations in Johnson and Christfort’s article, The New Science of Teamwork, have been a mainstay in our curriculum for over ten years now.  With the research they amassed to support their thesis,…

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…

Addicted To Being Right Requires Balance

Addicted to Being Right: 4 Participant Responses to Avoid Being Wrong

Most people associate shame or loss of power with being wrong. Ever feel yourself getting defensive?When your meeting participants turn defensive, especially when they feel they are losing ground, neurochemistry hijacks the brain. Because they are addicted to being right, the amygdala, our instinctive brain, takes over.  With a focus on being right, participants are…

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?…

Evidence-based Management

Trending Towards Evidence-based Management for Decision-making

The Economist reports that “Some apartment building owners now require tenants provide a DNA sample of their dog so that unscooped poop can be penalized.”  Alex Pentland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented a “sociometric” badge that measures tone of voice, gestures, and propensity to talk or listen.  The current trend towards evidence-based…

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…

Meeting Inclusiveness

How to Recognize Diversity, Ensuring Meeting Inclusiveness

The primary responsibility of a facilitator is to protect the participants. Furthermore, the facilitator helps drive the group toward its desired deliverable. Since the deliverable is built to serve the participants, people should take priority over the issues.  To some extent, both people and issues are managed by creating an environment that is conducive to…

Fist of Five for Contextual Questions

Use the Fist of Five to Test for Consensus on Contextual Issues

The Fist of Five approach combines the speed of thumbs up/ down and displays the degrees of agreement that can support more complicated decision spectrums. Using this tool, people vote using their hands and display fingers to represent their degree of support. Fist of Five Method When a group comes to consensus on an issue, it means that everyone in the group can…