Every day we are forced to make decisions, especially when we're a part of a team. Imagine a scenario where different opinions are said out loud through a group debate, and many opinions remain untold or even worse, neglected.
That's why we use workshops so that we all have the chance to come up with solutions, none of them being forgotten. Everyone is an expert, and every idea counts.
It is basically a 1 hour workshop where we together with you and your team solve problems, prioritize them and take decisions. The idea of this exercise is that it helps everyone align and decide on a path moving forward.
And it is called a 'demo' because we want to prove you that workshops just work so much better than meetings.
We start by mentioning the problems one by one. Everyone shares their idea through a sticky note where the problem is named.
We draw a sailboat to make the exercise more anchored into the real world. What's beneath the water, are the problems that are not seen, and what is above the water represents the things that are working.
At this part, everyone will start by writing down all the positive things. When time is up, we place them above the water while every person's reading out loud their thoughts, but without discussions.
Now we ask the team "what's holding us back? What's negative?". Like in the previous exercise, we'll ask everyone to write as many negative things as they can on sticky notes. After that, we place them all under the water.
In the end, everyone votes the biggest challenges by putting 2-3 dots per person on the sticky notes they consider that are important.
We turn the problems into what we call a 'How Might We' statement. This is a way to phrase a challenge as an opportunity and see what we are possibly heading to.
The entire team has to come up with solutions now while writing individually on sticky notes. When time is out, everyone votes with a limited number of red bullets per each person. The voting is based on their own subjectivity, and the point is to have a few quick solutions at the end.
This exercise is meant to help us figure out which ideas are worth trying, and if they are practical. That's why we make an impact-effort scale and place every note on each ax, so we can see objectively the situation.
The moderator now takes the solution from the Effort/Impact scale, top left corner, and asks the team to come up with 3 actionable steps towards testing the solution.
We facilitate this exercise for you, and your team, to show you how our process looks like in general. We want to show you how quickly you can move past many meetings that you should have participated in only to solve the problems you are currently facing. In just 1 hour, you have the solution to execute on.
After that, you decide if you want to go with us for your other project and if this process fits you, but we bet it surely will.
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