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somethings are just inevitable …
I am currently reading a book called Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management: Secrets of Great Managment (Pragmatic Programmers) by Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby. It is an AWESOME book.
Each chapter is a new story with many lessons to be learnt, and there are many tips along the way. This is partially the reason its taking me SO long to finish the book. There is so much to learn! I think I should re-read the book every couple of months as I am sure I will get a new message every time.
For now I have decided to blog about an area I find very interesting and crucial to my new job title of ScrumMaster – and that is Facilitation.
The book summarizes it beautifully and gives some tips as follows:
What does Facilitation actually mean?
Providing a process and structure to help a group think and solve problems together.
You are responsible for the process NOT the outcome
1. Make sure the meeting has a goal
Help the group identify the steps needed to reach the goal, and how to accomplish each step.
2. Generate and integrate goals
3. Evaluate options
Write down and post key ideas of each option. Review and allow time for clarifying questions. Evaluate each on its own before comparing options. 3 columns: pros, cons, interesting. Move on to next option.
4. Test agreement
5. Help everyone participate
6. Close off the meeting
Remember: Don’t facilitate AND participate – if you want to contribute then consider getting an outsider to facilitate the meeting.
Some nice tips that I will try and remember the next time I’m facilitating a meeting, I am especially bad at the ‘not participating’ part 😦