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…

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…

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…

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”.  For others, it remains a significant challenge.  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 I. We have witnessed…

How to Facilitate Multiple Presenters

How to Facilitate a Conference with Multiple Presentations

During a recent four-day conference, we facilitated more than 20 speakers and multiple presentations with very distinctive topics ranging from embracing social responsibility to utilizing Google® Hangouts for small groups.  Our approach was highly applauded so we are sharing it with you, so that you can become a more effective facilitator. As the FAST technique instructs,…

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. We have learned during facilitated meetings and workshops, that it’s not easy for participants to respond to broad questions like “How…

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…

Becoming a Humane Human

Become a Humane Human, Understand WHY Behind WHAT

Road Rage.  Have you been irritated by someone else’s driving?  Of course, we all have.  Today I realized however that I am likely guilty of doing the precise thing that others have done to piss me off.  However, when I did it, there was justification—of course.  When they did the same thing however, they were…