|DesignSession Event and WalkThru
Williston Geophysical NavCenter Facility
Yesterday I stepped up to supporting a meeting in
the NavCenter space that was held today. Actually, they don't call them
meetings here--they're "DesignSession events." It sounds picky
but the word "design" means "to mark out"--to conceive,
create and invent according to a plan. It implies the application of a
Every group that comes to the facility to work is supported by a "Stable
Relationship of Three." Yup, another one of those Rules of Engagement.
It means that someone facilitates the work from the front of the room,
from the middle of the room and from the back of the room during a session.
In this case, we had a scribe in front of the room who managed the information
during the session in a visual way. Jeff B. did the scribing which included
a flow chart, a mindmap and some rough templates of some screens for a
software application the participants were building. Amy, one of the session
participants was the sponsor of the session and facilitated from the "center
of the room." She and Jeff had worked last week on a design for the
The group that I
documented for in the morning met in front of one of these 8' Rolling
L WorkWalls units. The 8' is actually a little deceptive because
the wall actually opens to reveal 16' of work surface. It opens to about
135° to accommodate a fairly large team. Each wall has a pen tray
that affixes to the wall by magnets and holds a set of markers for use
on the wall.
(photograph by Cole Bellamy)
This is a picture
of a Wing just like the one I worked at during this morning's Session.
That's a 17" monitor on top. The wing's on wheels like everything
else in the center. The work surface of the wing moves up and down to
accommodate the ability to work standing or sitting.
(photograph by Cole Bellamy)
|I facilitated from the back of the
room. I handled logistics and also worked on a computer to capture the
knowledge base of ideas as they emerged. I synthesized and summarized
the conversations the participants had during the DesignSession event
into a series of entries in a database--the same Ten-Step Knowledge Management
database I mentioned yesterday. Actually it's a separate database but
all of the databases are linked. In fact, some of our information is linked
to NavCenter facilities in other companies around the world. Not the proprietary
stuff, but ideas on best practices for running a NavCenter environment
and things like that.
The DesignSession event only lasted until 1:00pm.
By 1:30 I had finished cleaning up the documentation, we had digital
camera shots of the diagrams on the WorkWalls and it was all in the
computer. Amy reviewed the work in her office later that afternoon and
some of the programmers pulled down images of the prototype screens
from the database and began work on the coding.
2:00 we had a WalkThru
in preparation for a two-day DesignShop® event tomorrow. We have
a KreW (yes, that's how they spell it) of five. There will be 25 participants
in the DesignShop process and three of those were designated as sponsors
of the event. They joined the KreW for a few hours this afternoon to
produce the Strawdog design. That's an hour by hour look at
the two days, including what kind of exercises the group will go through.
We referred to a library of documents on the MG Taylor website that
helped us create the Strawdog,
although a few people on the KreW were old hands at this process. After
the WalkThru we spent quite a bit of time crafting the assignments that
the participants would use during the first day of the DesignShop. If
you don't ask the right questions and ask them well, you don't get good
answers. Then we prepped the space--that's another one of the Rules
of Engagement, Maintaining the Center as an Invitation to Work. It was
spotless when we left, all of the chairs were arranged, the pen trays
straightened, squirt bottles filled, cables arranged: everything was
arrayed in order to welcome the participants and facilitate their rapid
and easy immersion into their work.
Like a stage in a theater waiting for the actors to start
the play. The stage hands (including me) have to arrive tomorrow morning early, so
I'll end this entry.
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