Leveraging Agile ScrumMaster Facilitator Techniques

Scrum Master Facilitator Techniques Improve Meetings

Agile’s Scrum Master facilitator techniques ensure that business communities get quick and responsive results. Constant feedback helps teams prioritize and make adjustments. A Scrum Masters facilitates against impediments and for product owners’ requirements to support development team efforts. Scrum Master experience and discipline prove that every structured meeting should embrace ‘agile’ practices. Professional facilitation lends…

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? Therefore, 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…

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 groups come to consensus on issues, it means that everyone in the group can…

Stop Saying I

The Most Effective Facilitators Stop Saying I — Use Pluralistic Rhetoric

As an effective facilitator, stop saying I For some, it is quite natural to substitute the plural “we” or “us”.  However, for others, it remains a significant challenge. Therefore, if you find it is a challenge, consider this opportunity as the number one change you can make to become a more effective facilitator. Stop saying…

Three Questions for Clarity and Precision

How to Be Precise with Three Transition Questions: Do NOT Ask “How Do You Solve Global Hunger?”

Transition questions are highly effective because you cannot develop a plan, any plan, such as a marketing plan, by asking “What is the marketing plan?” The question is so broad as to be DUMB. It’s not easy for participants to respond to broad questions like “How do you solve global hunger?”  While appropriate, the question’s…

Activities to Improve your Facilitator Skill Set

“If you’ve never been hit in the face, find out what it’s like”

Our alumni know that we compare the facilitator skills and attributes to those of a Navy SEAL. We have stressed the importance of remaining invisible (ie, neutral), focused externally (ie, NOT on one’s self), and embracing a strong sense of service to help others, to make it easy. This is the first time we have…

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 chart 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…