All tagged workshop design
Design is the process of aligning desire and constraint. Somewhere in that process trade offs will inevitably be made. We can’t have it all and we have to compromise in some way. Learning how to compromise is hard enough for individuals. Now try it in a group where the desires of others can appear arbitrary and unaccounted for.
Groups that find ways to productively compromise are at an advantage to groups that cannot. Those groups can make better decisions, can make them faster and a much more likely to follow through.
Our ideas have the opportunity to get better when we step our of our own filter bubble and get feedback on them. That said, giving and receiving feedback on each other’s work can be scary and is often avoided. We all know what this can lead to. Finding ways to constructively and safely give feedback is an essential part of authentic collaboration.
When you resolve to use parallel work and iteration (which I recommend you do) in your workshops, you create a new need.
At the end of a round, the teams need ways to share what they’ve done. They need ways to share their work.
In this article, I explore techniques, considerations for, and implications of sharing work.
Closely coupled with the idea of parallel work is another idea – iteration. Iteration is about building workshop outputs in increments over time. Combined with parallel work it allows a group to see how components of their workshop topic interrelate and how to achieve ‘the best’ outcome.
In a previous article, I argued against designing workshops as a sequence of conversations. What’s the right way to design workshops, then? Dividing your group and having them work in parallel is a more powerful, and more engaging way, to have a group solve a problem.
Asking ‘How do I design a workshop?’ will often yield the same answer as ‘How long is a piece of string?’
That said. There are design patterns that have emerged over time that we can leverage – or sometimes avoid.
In this article, I explore a common design pattern that (for the most part) should be avoided.