We've run some great virtual workshops since the pandemic began. They've been bigger, better and more awesome than any I've done before! In this post I'd like to share 3 key steps to leading a successful workshop.
You need to spend at least 2 hours for every hour that you will be in the workshop planning, preparing and ensuring that the audience has the necessary familiarity with the tools you will be using.
Start with the end in Mind
What do you expect the outcome to be? Think about how you can focus the team to provide good input and converge on a solution.
Ideation requires a sequence of divergence and convergence to iterate to a plan...
there are many tools that can help you do this – we like to use some of the following:
We make extensive use of brainstorming both collectively and individually, grouping
of ideas and voting to prioritize and select those with biggest impact. Using a tool that allows you to document as you go makes life much easier when it comes to summarizing the outcomes, but it is really important that you clearly log decisions and actions and ensure they are followed up.
We’ve been using Miro for this, and are so happy with the results! Our clients are
too. Our workshops are on average 3 times more productive than face to face and
we have great engagement with teams of more than 60 at a time!
If you want to learn more about how to prepare and deliver awesome virtual
workshops which deliver real value, register for our Leadership and Innovation workshop, "When doing it virtually is actually better than real life!", at PHUSE EU Connect on November 9th.
Here at d-wise, we’re lucky that the global pandemic hasn’t meant “business-as-usual” it has meant “business-on-steroids”. We’re busy doing our very best work, building on our long history of working virtually, being client focused and anticipating the needs of our marketplace.
We've been able to do that through:
Important and meaningful projects which are enabling medicines and vaccine development through creating analytic environments which enable agile decision making
A “No such word as can’t” attitude – workshops for 60+ people needing to do hands-on planning – handled virtually with ease
Listening to our customers, pushing them to be their best selves and helping them to break down barriers
Keeping our eye on the ball – ensuring delivery is on track with attention to detail, risk-based approach, anticipating issues, mitigating and resolving in real-time
For a real-life example of virtual workshop success, take a look at our most recent case study. The information collected during these sessions will be revolutionary in terms of analytic capability for the entire Research and Development organization.