Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Categorized Ideas Coaching Tool

The Categorized Ideas Coaching/Facilitation Tool is designed to help obtain common goals and ideas from people with different backgrounds or approaches to a situation.

I have been iterating on this tool for a while. Until recently, it has only been used at clients and with a few close friends.

I recently shared the tool at Agile Coach Camp Canada 2016 in Cornwall for the community as a whole.


A sample question used for this first canvas....

To all participants (as an example).

"The government has told us we have 1 month to move our business to another province.  We have 35 employees. 


I would like your help to ensure we are prepared for this and all of our thoughts and ideas are considered.  


For each  idea that you have, place it on a sticky and put it up on the board (canvas).
Feel free to talk to each other as you put them up".


- very little facilitation needed (caused by thick lines and colours)
- If necessary, could say "It might help to read each other's stickies as you put them up"


Step back. Things will take care of themselves...






A sample (real) question used for the second canvas (created by one of the participants)...

"I am worried about the future health of my family because we're all so busy.

 I would like some ideas about some possible steps and things to do to help keep our family healthy.  


We have 4 people in the family".

- very little facilitation needed (caused by thick lines and colours)
- If necessary, could say "It might help to read each other's stickies as you put them up"


Step back. Things will take care of themselves...




I have used the tool for many other types of sessions...


  • Jenkins CI session with multiple types of teams followed up with shared ideas on how Jenkins could be used in the organization
  • At a Manufacturing Company to consolidate thoughts from various departments to help prioritize plant upgrades and maintenance. 


You can share your own learning and uses for the Categorized Ideas Coaching/Facilitation Tool to this page...


Just send me the following information...


  • Name of Facilitator (with optional link to home page)
  • Name of Contributors (optional)
  • Question ? or Context ?
  • The image
  • Any specific observations you would like to share (what you learned or something we should know)

As long as it makes sense and I can keep it up, I'll add more uses for the coaching tool to the page.

To be included, simply reach out to me at  mike (-at-) caspar.com  with the following information and I'll add you to the page.

Some last comments....
  • Please make sure you the have rights to any images shared on the site
  • I will reserve the right to restrict content.
  • Images and contributions will be licensed as Creative Commons (as indicated by the page)


I hope we see many new contributions, ideas and learning.

Have fun!


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