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 +====== Facilitation - Open Ended Agenda ======
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 +====== Premise ======
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 +Lean Coffee and Open Space techniques are accepted techniques for creating an agenda based on the interests of people who attend.
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 +But like all techniques there are times when it may not be appropriate. For example, let’s say a group of people are getting together to come up with a new product. Each person comes into the room with a different set of perspectives,​ and different understanding of different aspects of the product - sales view, marketing view, development view, support view, financial view etc. Many times these different viewpoints will be different perspectives on the same thing; other times the different viewpoints will represent constraints that need to be dealt with.
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 +For these situations, a list of subjects might not be enough.
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 +====== Context ======
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 +A degree of psychological safety is required.
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 +====== Technique ======
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 +The simplest approach to generate a set of subjects to talk about, representing everyone’s viewpoint, is to start with brainstorming subjects individually,​ on stickies
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 +Note: stickies that are not rectilinear eg hexagonal work well with this activity.
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 +Then start placing stickies on a big table, proximity mapping items that are similar views of common subjects so that items do not cover each other up.
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 +There will typically groupings that happen as a result of this process. The question then is “where do we want to start”. Use the groupings to investigate all the aspects around a grouping, marking off specific items as you go and have discussed to completion. You’ll find setting a time box will help progress the conversation.
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 +At some point in the conversation you will find the subjects remaining have limited value, or diminished return in which case you should abandon this approach and perhaps, now there is a more concrete view remaining subjects, use more normal facilitation approaches after that.
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 +====== Want to Know More? ======
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 +  * [[http://​openspaceworld.org/​wp2/​|Open Space]]
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 +{{tag>​Template Consultant FacilitationTechnique Tools}}
  
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