|sticky exercise||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Laura Bagnall (Laura_Bagnallterc.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Mar 94 14:56 CST|
Reply to: sticky exercise Rob Sandelin <robsan [at] microsoft.com> wrote: (as part of a list of suggestions for avoiding "burnout": "4. Create a roadmap of what you have to do. Make a giant list of yellow sticky notes with a task on each one and place them on a large wall, in the order they have to occur. Then look for energy "humps", places where you will need a bunch of energy applied. Then you can "pysch yourselves up" for those humps." This is very similar to an exercise that we used during a weekend retreat that we had a few weeks ago. We used it both to set an agenda for the weekend, and to answer the question "What values do we hold in common"? Pass out a pad of sticky notes to everybody in the group. Ask a single question and give everybody 5-10 minutes to write down (in silence) as many answers to the question and they can think of, and write one answer per sticky. At the end of the agreed upon period of time, everybody places their stickies on a blank wall and (again in total silence) rearranges the stickies so that similar answers are clumped together. It is acceptable for one person to move a sticky to a different place after someone else has moved it. After a while, this will settle down until the stickies are now in clumps. The meeting facilitator then goes over each "clump" and summarizes them for the group. We found this to be an incredibly powerful process that allows many ideas to be collected in a short amount of time, and also gives a good sense of how many people are interested in a particular idea. The advantage of this over a more traditional brainstorming process in which people call out ideas and a facilitator writes them down, is that once one person calls out a particular idea, you don't know whether one other person had the same idea, or ten other people. We had a group of about a dozen people at the retreat. I don't know how well it would work in a larger group. Laura Bagnall NWIS cohousing
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