- The participants were great! Timing of their needs and where they are in their development aligned perfectly both with this phase of the experiment as well as their relationship to each other. Plus, they both have great attitudes and good core fundamentals on which to build.
- Participants walked away feeling greater clarity about their projects and felt like they could use the same tools they experienced here for other projects.
- Exercises accomplished their goals. Especially happy about the 100 Questions exercise. It’s a great first-day exercise, because it grounds the participants in their own work, it helps them see what’s already in their heads, and it forces them to practice asking questions.
- Tight iterations are great. Hopefully, participants realize through osmosis that structuring things this way is a tool they can use in their own work.
- Mid-stream adjustments to the 100 Questions exercises paid off (e.g. timeboxed iterations, naming clusters).
- Groundrule #1 (“Be nice to yourself”) is a good one. Had to cite it a few times.
- Some prep failures. Both camera batteries were dead. The S95 is not a viable long-term solution for video. Accidentally brought some bad Post-Its. Test Post-Its on wall beforehand! Didn’t know how to use the stopwatch on my wristwatch!
- Started late. Need to arrive earlier to handle logistical issues.
- Space was cavernous for three people. However, it was fine for our purposes, and well worth the tradeoff for now of not having to deal with the logistics of finding a space. When I do this “for real,” will want to find a better, more permanent space.
- Ended late (beyond the late start time). Need to scale back the lesson plans, but also need to be more disciplined about in-process adjustments. It would have been fine to have done one less 100 Questions iteration.
- Too many questions in the Listen and Reflect exercise. Could have moved the superpower question to the checkin.
- Probably would stick to two iterations of the Listen and Reflect exercise rather than three. Would also have saved some time.
- Don’t be afraid to coach the participants a little bit more. For example, could have provided some commentary on the 100 Questions results.
- WordPress is not that user-friendly. Need to post tutorials / screencasts for logging in and posting.