Self-facilitation Skills for Teams

© 2004-2010 Esther Derby Self-organizing teams don’t just organize the technical work. They make technical (and non-technical) decisions. Not every situation requires facilitation, but when a team faces an important decision, applying facilitation skills to the problem saves time and yields better results. Jason was frustrated. The Release 6.0 team had been chewing on a…

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Meeting Madness

Seth Godin blogs about Three Kinds of Meetings: There are only three kinds of classic meetings: Information. This is a meeting where attendees are informed about what is happening (with or without their blessing). While there may be a facade of conversation, it’s primarily designed to inform. Discussion. This is a meeting where the leader…

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Making Retrospectives (and Other Meetings) Work Better

I know it’s not sexy to pay attention to making meetings run better. It’s more fun to dig into tools and technology. But the truth is that an teams and companies waste an enormous amount of time in poorly run meetings. But, we need to pay attention to the basic stuff, or we won’t have…

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Calculating Meeting ROTI (Return on Time invested)

As you know from earlier posts, poorly run, time-wasting meetings peeve me. I’ve read that improving the quality and productivity of meetings can improve productivity for the organization by up to 15%. When you consider that many people, especially managers, spend up to half their work week in meetings, improving meetings seems a good investment.…

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