Facilitation Do’s and Don’ts

12 Critical Facilitation Do’s and Don’ts During Meetings, Sessions, and Workshops

Our students have clamored for a quick-reference checklist of the most important facilitation Do’s and Don’ts. In response, we bring you the brief, yet powerful, list below (alpha-sorted by the highlighted term or phrase). Please note that the highlighted facilitation do’s and don’ts are linked to articles that provide additional examples, evidence, and supporting rationale.…

Structured VS Unstructured Facilitation Training

How Structured Facilitation Training Can Save Your Arse and Boost Your Career

Structured meetings and workshops positively impact organizations and stakeholders—even permeating cultures.  Here are a few straightforward benefits for facilitation training that support structured meetings. Business wisdom demands the application of knowledge, stuff that is ‘in−formation’ (not static).  Compound dynamism of information with the challenge of organizing a group of people, where nobody is smarter than…

Agile vs Waterfall

Agile vs Waterfall? Don’t Risk Failure By Using the Wrong One

A professional facilitator handles several types of assignments, from planning through design. However, most facilitators must also provide a method for securing the deliverable. Although a different role, the ‘methodologist’ responsibilities make up the most important part of preparing for many meetings. How will you lead the group successfully from the Introduction through the Wrap? When…

scope creep

Scope Creep Kills Projects – It Begins in Poorly Facilitated Meetings

Have you ever heard someone say in a meeting “I don’t know why we’re doing this project in the first place?” Odds are, the meeting is being held to advance the project, not re-validate it. The person asking the question has now imposed their agenda on the group. They have forced scope creep [1]. Whenever…

Risk Analysis - Failure or Innovation?

Risk Analysis – Method and Questions to Facilitate A Portfolio of Projects

You know that project portfolios focused on the best opportunities accelerate innovation. So how do you build consensus around the term “best”? George Day’s article[1] provides excellent logic to help you drive a consensual view of risk analysis. “The risk analysis matrix employs a unique scoring system and calibration of risk. It helps estimate the…

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

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…

MG RUSH Certified Structured Professional Facilitator

The Primer on Facilitation Certification – Associations Through Universities

With facilitation today there is no common, shared body of knowledge. In part, because facilitation is a fuzzy word and widely applied, there is no single definition — making Facilitation Certification fuzzy as well. In North America, there are three primary methods for certifying professional skills and knowledge. None of the methods is necessarily superior or inferior…

Work Breakdown Structure

Work Breakdown Structure Increases Focus and Reduces Scope Creep

Experienced facilitators understand both the challenge and value of getting a group to focus on the same thing at the same time.  For most project-related meetings, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) provides a simple method to increase focus. Given Goldblatt’s Triple Constraint Theory, risk can be mitigated through focused discussion on the cost, schedule, and scope…

Scrum’s Evidence-based Methodology

Scrum’s Evidence-based Methodology Improves the Agility of Your Group

Our alumni understand that leadership and facilitation are simpler and easier than developing the optimal methodology.  Consider Scrum’s Evidence-Based Management for Software Organizations (EBMgt™)[1] that measures value to improve your organizational agility. The EBMgt approach enables software organizations and groups to make rational, fact-based decisions, elevating conversations from preferences and opinions to logic and insight.  Supporting…