Retrospective Facilitator Gathering

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In martial arts, student learn practices sometimes before or in parallel with values and principles. For those just seeking a simple introduction (like simple self defense techniques), the learn only practices for common scenarios.

The question for this lunchtime discussion was this: Is there some basic practices that the “newbie facilitator” should be shown and then have values and principles introduced in parallel or later?

This was a good primer discussion for Diana's session on Retrospective fluency

Notes from the discussion are below:

Principles for the Newbie Facilitator

  • you cannot be both facilitator and participant
  • make good use of the time
  • you are there to serve (not drive)
  • you own the process, not the content
  • follow the content

Practices for the Newbie Facilitator

  • (highly visible) purpose & agenda
  • working agreements
  • you need a process (ala' Agile Retrospectives book)
  • multiple exercises - always build on this toolkit
  • you also need a meta-method (e.g., when humans are thinking clearly, this is how they process information)
    • See The Grove's OARR method
      • Outcome
      • Agenda
      • Roles
      • Rules
  • mimic by observing different styles
    • e.g., shadow/observe other facilitator's as often as you can
  • learn and watch for Beginner Traps
    • learn appropriate responses (ala' self defense for facilitator's)
    • See Esther and Emmanual's talk at Agile2007
  • When you can't be there, you need to be more explicit (about practices and principles)
    • i.e., distributed teams

See Diana's session on Retrospective fluency for more information.

Mark asked me to write up some of the advice I give new facilitators. I did so here:

This (partial) list is based on the mistakes that seem typical of new facilitators.

launching_the_newbie.txt · Last modified: 2018/10/27 07:58 (external edit)