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 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! 🙏
I wrote up some simple lessons for myself and I know a few asked me to share when I could. So, here they are:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- There's always time to read notes on the upcoming exercise when the participants are busy with the current one!
- Reduce or increase the time given at will...no one will know! Taught in the WM course and I used it...a lot!
- 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.
- Too much time is just as troublesome as not enough time, but you can always fill gaps with too much time.
- 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.