Prospective clients occasionally request a more detailed description of differences between our 452 Professional Facilitation training and our 301 Facilitation Fundamentals training. Quite simply, our 3-day Facilitation Fundamentals comprises the first three days of the 5-day course. Below are the additional benefits of taking the 5-day Professional course:

  • Day 4 provides an opportunity for students to both participate and practice three comprehensive yet discreet workshops:
    • #1 — The planning workshop covers the critical thinking, method, and tools to build consensual agreement around “WHO does WHAT by WHEN” to reach the team’s goals (fuzzy) and objectives (SMART) that are built as milestones to ensure that the group reaches its vision. This link (https://mgrush.com/blog/2017/09/29/action-plan/) summarizes support behind the details of the ten questions that are answered during the workshop, namely:
      • WHY are we here?
      • WHO are we?
      • WHERE are we going?
      • What are the MEASURES of progress?
      • What is the current SITUATION (quantitative situational analysis)?
      • WHAT should we do to reach our measures?
      • To what extent is that the RIGHT STUFF (alignment)?
      • WHO does the WHAT?
      • What do we tell OTHERS?
      • HOW do we proceed?
    • #2 — The high-level analysis workshop establishes SCOPE, confirms common LANGUAGE, and begins to drive “High-level Requirements”.  Built around PERSONAS, things of substance are identified to support the purpose established in the prior workshop (i.e., Transforming the WHY into the WHAT). The things of substance are frequently referred to as INPUTS and OUTPUTS.
    • #3 — The detailed analysis workshop converts (aka ‘decomposes’) the WHAT into HOW. Detailed requirements are identified and through a disciplined life-cycle method designed to prevent omissions[1]. Options are provided such as SIPOC, process flow diagrams, value-stream analysis, and other tools appropriate to the value-add derived from your specific products and services (we can modify portions of day four by what is learned about your organization over the first three days).
  • Day 5 provides each student with a one-hour Capstone opportunity to conduct their own meeting or workshop or to ‘pair’ with other students and combine their times to conduct a comprehensive practice workshop. Based on their individual needs, assignments may include prioritization, planning, analysis, or design methods. Most students assert that day five is their favorite day because everything they learn during the first five days ‘comes together.’