Collaborative Workshop Practices

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.”
Henry Ford
Tool Step

Role of this tool

These practices will help us communicate and encourage those behaviours that stimulate collaboration. When we are running a workshop or a brainstorm where we want ideas or teamwork from participants, setting out Collaborative Workshop Practices will help us get better results from the attendees and help them have a positive experience too.

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How do we use it?

We can use the Collaborative Workshop Practices if we are running an ideas workshop or a brainstorm. The mind-set required for idea generation is different from the operational mind-set for effective day-to-day project delivery. Highlighting some rules helps create an environment for collaboration where ideas can hatch.

We include the Collaborative Workshop Practices in the event’s slide deck, or print them out A3 size and put them on the wall in our meeting space. We talk the group through them as part of our meeting introduction and context setting. We invite everyone to agree to operate this way. By agreeing these behaviours from the outset, it allows us to refer to them later without appearing too controlling.

Source: Inspired by Hidden Gorilla


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