Action Plan = Assignments

How to Build Action Plans with Shared Ownership and Accountability

To build action plans that transfer ownership and accountability to your meeting participants, begin with the right questions, in the right sequence. Be one of the few facilitators who understand that ownership transfers instantly because participants contribute to WHO does WHAT by WHEN, the primary components of any plan. Consequently, whether you’re planning includes strategies, initiatives,…

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…

MG RUSH Certified Structured Professional Facilitator

The Primer on Facilitation Certification

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…

Structured Facilitation Sessions

Five Compelling Business Reasons To Use Structured Facilitation Sessions

The most important action you take every day is to make choices–to decide.  Your productivity amplifies when your decisions are optimal.  Therefore, choose wisely when to work alone, speak with another person, or call for a meeting.  Here are five compelling reasons for when to use structured facilitation sessions: Structured Facilitation Sessions The advantages to…

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,…

Illustrative Flexibility Matrix

Triple Constraint Theory: Use a Flexibility Matrix to Build Consensus

Triple constraint theory suggests that it is not realistic to expect to build the fastest, the cheapest, and the highest quality. Typically, something has to “give.” While most executive sponsors and product owners aspire for all three at the same time. Triple constraint theory tells us that time, cost, and quality are the three most important considerations,…

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…