Modifiers Are Vague Indicators of SMART Objectives or Criteria

How To Convert Requirements or Fuzzy Goals into SMART Objectives

Meeting participants do not argue about verbs and nouns because they focus on modifiers. Modifiers include adjectives, adverbs and sometimes phrases that describe verbs and nouns. For example, participants won’t argue that “the job needs to be done”.  Rather, they will argue that the job needs to be done well and done quickly.  What qualifies as well and quickly…

Fuzzy - Focus on What is Right, NOT Who is Right

Higher Quality Decisions Focus on ‘WHAT’ is Right, NOT ‘WHO’ is Right

Decision making frequently includes fuzzy information, fuzzy implications, and fuzzy thinking.  To reduce fuzziness, and arrive at quality decisions, drive your group to focus on What is right, NOT Who is right.  By structuring your inquiry and methodology, you help minimize the risk of decisions made that may not be more than educated gambles. Some cultures rely…

Daily Stand-up

How to Use the Principles of Agile’s Daily Scrum in Your Staff Meetings

There are good meetings and there are long meetings but there aren’t many good, long meetings. Therefore, Agile’s Daily Scrum event encourages self-evolving teams to meet daily, yet briefly. Strictly time-boxed to fifteen minutes duration, the Daily Scrum may also be called a morning roll-call, daily huddle, or a daily stand-up. Above all, you can use…

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…

Embrace a Structurred Approach to Build Consensus

Three Behaviors Guaranteed To Improve Your Ability to Build Consensus

Structured Leadership, Facilitation, and Methodology: How to Build Consensus Meetings capture a huge investment of time.  Unproductive meetings affect your cash flow, morale, and potential growth of your biggest asset, your people.  As frequent and important as we attend meetings, little (if any) structured training has been provided to help us become better meeting participants,…

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: Advantages to Structured Facilitation Sessions Higher…

Problem Meetings

17 Challenging Personality Types and How To Manage Them to Avoid Problem Meetings

Always empower your participants, but learn to control challenging personality types to avoid problem meetings. First of all, the deliverable or decision is theirs, not yours. Therefore, manage politics by removing ideas from the individual participant and turning it over to the entire group. Because it’s not WHO is right, rather WHAT is right that…