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To Scrum or Not To Scrum…

08 Nov 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Is this Agile Approach Right For Your Team Meetings? I’m often asked by clients if they should adopt an agile, scrum meeting approach for their meetings hoping that this would increase their overall meeting productivity. As it turns out, scrum meetings can be an extremely…

Have you ever attended a meeting led by a supposedly neutral facilitator, only to realize that there’s a hidden agenda they’re leading the group towards? These individuals are known as: Facipulators (manipulator + facilitator). While it’s possible facipulation can result in you reaching your individual…

The Impact of Assumptions Part II

03 Oct 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

In our last post, we looked at the dangers of assumptions and how to minimize these dangers via forwarding a pre-meeting email that identifies who, what, where and when. But battling assumptions doesn’t start and end with sending this info. Some of the team members…

The Impact of Unchecked Assumptions

20 Sep 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

We’ve all been in a series of meetings where lots of points are discussed, opinions fly fast and hot and it seems like a lot is getting done – but when it all wraps up, the strategies are half-baked, the decisions are questionable, and nobody…

When The Group Just Won’t Agree…

05 Sep 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

In our June article, we looked at Affinity Diagrams, a way to organize and synthesize large volumes of input, strategies or solutions. This is a great method for simplifying your process, but sometimes there are just “too many cooks in the kitchen”, and the team…

Help! We’re Drowning In a Flood of Ideas

26 Jun 2017, Posted by facn1st in Articles

Many times I find myself in meetings where I’m tasked to get a group to generate ideas. The difficulty comes when I’m facilitating a larger group (e.g. greater than 12 – 15 people) and getting a multitude of ideas thrown my way. It can be…