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

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.

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