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Facilitation Patterns at Houston APLN April 15

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Another opportunity to tighten it up, thanks to Robbie Mac Iver and Houston APLN.

Presenting Facilitation Patterns at SDC2010 in Sweden

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

This one has me psyched – my first time presenting at a European conference, and more validation through interest in my work facilitation patterns and antipatterns.

Facilitation Antipattern: Negator

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Motto: That’s wrong.Belief: It’s my responsibility to point out what’s wrong with other people’s ideas. I live in my black hat*.Behavior: Points out the flaws and faults in everyone else’s approach. Does so without offering any balancing positives or alternatives.Characteristics: Negative, sometimes superior, destructive, achieving satisfaction by negating others’ ideas. The Negator sees their lot […]

First full presentation of Facilitation Patterns and Antipatterns today #agile2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Yes, this is just a brag post. ๐Ÿ™‚ At 2pm Central time today, I’ll be doing the first full delivery of the Facilitation Patterns & Antipatterns workshop at the Agile2009 conference. Yes, I’m excited. I’ve gotten great response from the folks I’ve told about it.  Hopefully some of them will turn up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Teaser: Facilitation Patterns Playing Cards @ #Agile2009

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

In planning for my workshop at the Agile2009 conference, I had my artist – Mike Ferrin – create the characters you’ve seen me add to my posts here. I’ve taken those characters to create playing cards, which will be used in the workshop. (While I’m thinking of it, take a look at the sessions being […]

Facilitation Antipattern: Helpless

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Motto: I can’t do it.Belief: I am not capable of making decisions or taking action on my own.Behavior: Avoids making decisions or commitment. Frequently solicits others to work together and take on leadership/responsibility.Characteristics: Fearful, lacking confidence, seeks approval. Helpless can be very subtle, and sometimes very overt. Helpless frequently says things like “oh, I couldn’t […]

Facilitation Antipattern: Chicken Little

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Motto: Duck! The sky is falling!Belief: Everything is an indicator of trouble to come.Behavior: Points out the negatives and the danger in most things. Frequently tries to prevent action out of fear.Characteristics: Fearful, negative, reactive, active in pointing out the problems, believable, has conviction, convincing, passionate You’re in the midst of a conversation in which […]

New graphics for facilitation patterns

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

I’m delighted to share with you that I’ve added some very cool graphics to this blog. I’m working with a couple of artists to help me develop some training materials for ThoughtWorks Studios. I’ve had one of them develop avatars for a number of the facilitation patterns and antipatterns that I’ve identified. And for me. […]

Facilitation Antipattern: Repetitor

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Motto: It’s worth repeating. It’s worth repeating. It’s worth repeating. Belief: You’ll only understand if I say it at least three times. Behavior: Says the same thing repeatedly, frequently in somewhat different words, frequently two, three, or more times. Characteristics: Articulate, filled with conviction, perhaps lacking confidence In , this would have sounded like this: […]

Are retrospectives an antipattern?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

My friend Chris Matts stirred me up with the following: One for you to think about for your Blog. I consider retrospectives to be an anti-pattern. If you are learning great stuff in your retrospectives, it means that your communication is blocked. They are “batches” of “feedback”. I prefer single piece flow of “feedback”. Last […]

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