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…

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 Decision Quality Focuses on ‘WHAT’ is Right, NOT ‘WHO’ is Right

Decision making frequently includes fuzzy information, fuzzy implications, and fuzzy thinking.  To reduce fuzziness, and amplify higher decision quality, 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…

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. According to Goldblatt’s Triple Constraint Theory, mitigate risk through focused discussion on the cost, schedule, and scope of…

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.  Therefore, consider Scrum’s Evidence-Based Management for Software Organizations (EBMgt™)[1] that measures value to improve your organizational agility. The EBMgt approach enables service organizations and groups to make rational, fact-based decisions, elevating conversations from preferences and opinions to logic and insight.…

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,…