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Successful 60+ LDJ Session
Hey all, I've been meaning to post up in the group to thank everyone who took part in the previous LDJ practice session and had any input whatsoever as I was planning my multi-team 60+ LDJ for a public sector IT department. Thanks to @David Rovira for giving me a friendly nudge 🤣👌 I'm glad to report both sessions on the day went well and were deemed as successful 👌🥳🤙 63 participants, 8 tables and a lot of Post-It notes! By the end of the second session I had been asked by the Strategic Manager if I had availability in a couple of weeks time for a session with just the management team 💪 That's now booked in for later this month. I had some fantastic immediate feedback from the LDJ sessions...but one of the very best moments was when I watched a team manager take a photo of his team's completed Impact/Effort chart...I knew it was going to be extremely helpful to him and his team. Many lessons learned from the day...from music volume to desk prep and how to draw a damn anchor 🤣, I'll add my lesson's learned at the bottom of this post. Thank you to EVERYONE in this amazing community that helped me create a successful session! 🙏 ------------------------------------------------- Lessons learned: I wrote up some simple lessons for myself and I know a few asked me to share when I could. So, here they are: LDJ lessons: 1. Preempt unruly behaviour - Check to see if there could be any problematic participants. Make sure to make it clear prior to the event how important the no discussion request is. 2. Music volume - Check the size of the room compared to the size of your Bluetooth speaker! Even though I have a good speaker, it still meant turning it up way louder than I expected...only found out when I walked to the back of the room and could barely hear it. 3. Put in writing what you'll need from the client on the day! ie flip charts etc. Don't leave it to chance or a verbal acknowledgement. You will get let down. 4. There's always time to read notes on the upcoming exercise when the participants are busy with the current one! 5. Reduce or increase the time given at one will know! Taught in the WM course and I used it...a lot! 6. If not a full day session: Check what else the participants will be doing on the day. Are they going to be tired or disengaged due to other work or impact within the day/week. It may change the direction of the session. 7. Too much time is just as troublesome as not enough time, but you can always fill gaps with too much time. 8. Large groups - run totally separate exercises with the same subject/task. Bring together only when necessary, such as to agree a HMW. Personally I will only bring back together at the end to share ideation from now on.
New comment Nov '23
2 likes • Nov '23
@Graham Thompson you rock! Congratulations on a successful event!
Market need
Hey Community In my job in different larger companies as C-Level Member (Executive) I was always wondering, why there is so much waste on unimportant things. I hardly tried to change - but honestly: all the board members (deciders) did not want to change anything, as the want to have all under control. Same experience I made in Start Up - the more investors get onboarded, the more wast was generated. So: I think, if we achieve to formulate the problem, how we solve the problem and at the end how we contribute to a potential competitive advantage, the more chances will we have to sell facilitation and workshops. What are your thoughts about that?
New comment Nov '23
0 likes • Sep '23
@Marco Reber You're welcome.
1 like • Oct '23
@Sylvia Winkelmann-Ackermann the articles you provided are spot in that organizational structure remains the same while the rest of the world is rapidly changing. The smart executives have created an inclusive and collaborative culture that embraces diversity and encourages idea generation from the front lines. Maybe they use workshops to create or maybe they use a different method. The articles suggest a new way of doing things which deserves attention. Thanks for sharing the articles.
📍Where is everyone from?📍
Hello Facilitators👋 I'm really curious about where everyone is from. I'd love to make this a mega post where we can see how diverse the Facilitator Club community is. Who knows, you might find a lot more people in your area than you thought! Once I have lots of answers on this post, I want to make a nice graph!
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1 like • Sep '23
@Lisa Walker Give me a shout if you'rein the area. I'd love to meet someone in the program in person.
1 like • Oct '23
@Benedict Odjobo thank you 🙏🏾. Great to be here.
Need help, exercise suggestion
Hi everyone! I need your help and suggestions regarding which exercise I should use to facilitate a one-hour workshop. The problem we are aiming to solve is the organization of a specific menu topic on our website. We intend to create multi-level menu links, but we are unsure which links should be placed at each level. What makes this task a bit tricky is that the participants come from different departments, each with their own preferences and wishes. Do you have any suggestions? Would card sorting be a good approach, or is there something else you would recommend?
New comment Sep '23
0 likes • Sep '23
@Reimo Rehkli Have you had your workshop already? If not, I would recommend identifying the objectives for navigating the website. Where do you want users to go? What are uses interested in to identify the guiding principles (prework). Start the session a review of the guiding principles. Conduct a quick 10 for 10 to identify what the menu should include based on the guiding principles. Conduct a quick vote. Then use the action board to work on the high impact low effort tasks. Maje the tasks actionable. Schedule a test. Have a follow up meeting to evaluate the tests. Implement. Repeat.
Organizational Design Workshop
Hi, has anyone done an organizational design workshop before? Meaning, looking at the current organization and finding out if the work planned for the next year fits, if the team setup is correct, and if not how the teams should change to fit the strategy and roadmap? Also if people need to be hired. Any tips on how to best tackle this would be greatly appreciated!
New comment Oct '23
1 like • Sep '23
@Rachel Magasweran I'm in the Workshopper Master All-Access program. I think a LDJ (lighting decision jam) which can be used for a retrospective would be helpful for your project. Here's Jonathan explaining how to run the workshop. Be sure to bring the current work plan for the next year and the team's current setup. Run the LDJ. The Sail Boat exercise will identify what's theworking and what are the challenges with the current plan. The next step is to turn the challenges into positive How Might We statements. Vote on the ones (3 to 4) that can really make a difference. Come up with quick solutions for a HMW. Vote on the solutions your team wants to tackle. Run throught the action board and select tge solutions tgat have tge highest impact. Create action steps for the solutions that are high impact. Then start the process again from the solution step for the next HMW. Repeat for each HMW voted as top priorities. It's highly likely that the questions you started with will come out in the challenges identified and you'll be able to develop an action plan for them or you will develop a solution for a different course of action. I hope that's helpful. Sending good vibes your way for your upcoming project. All the best.
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Teresa Middleton
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I'm the type of person who builds and creates things. My agility helps me to transform ordinary gatherings into extraordinary collaborative journeys.

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