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IG-ology: Sticky Wall

IG-ology: Sticky Wall


Hi everyone! my name is Sara McGarraugh, and I am a consultant here at The Improve Group. Hi, I’m Nick Stilp, an additional consultant here at The Improve Group. And we’re here today to talk to you about this really awesome sticky wall. This is a product that we like to use in a lot of our facilitation. We really like it because it is highly visual. We’ll show you a little bit about how to put different pieces of paper and ideas up on this wall. It’s really participatory, so everyone that’s in the room and is part of this process gets to really bring their ideas to the front, literally. It kind of equalizes everyone. So everyone can have their ideas be heard, and we’re all kind of in the same playing field when we use the sticky wall. Yeah, I was going to say the same thing, actually. Just leveling the play feeling, you know Some people are a little more reserved and don’t want to out speak. But if you have to stick wall, their ideas are going to get up on the board no matter what. So when we’re using the sticky wall, for a brainstorming session, you’re gonna have to write your ideas on a half sheet. And there’s three simple rules that you need to follow when you’re doing this. The first one is to make sure you write big so everyone can see it. And then three to seven words per sheet. that’s all you really need in order to describe something. you want to keep it short, and to the point. And then, one idea per sheet because we’re going to need to reorganize those ideas later on. And what’s great about this is that you’re able to build consensus when you’re working together. Everyone has their own ideas, but in order to get on the same page it really helps you to get all the ideas up on the board at the same time, and then start condensing. Some of the different ways that we use the sticky wall: Obviously through consensus. But in particular for strategic planning, if we have a visioning session, Or you’re trying to do an action plan, and even, my favorite, for developing a logic model. All right, so as you can see here, we have developed a nice consensus building process. Where we have all these different ideas that everyone who is participating in our workshop got to bring up to the board. Then we grouped them together into like categories kind of coming together and making some decisions And we have created “themes”, or “titles”, or “names” to represent all the grouping of ideas. And that is the consensus building process. All of which are helping us to develop our evaluation plan for “project X” So as you can see it’s a it’s a perfect example of how you can get some clarity and organize your ideas. But you can also use a sticky wall to assign tasks and develop an action plan. All right, so, in this brainstorming example we had individuals write tasks and other components related to the project timeline on half-sheets and then bring them up. and then we organized them. So we organized them by goals the goals that were created so we have major goals as design approach and data collection. And then under each of those we have all the tasks, as you can see that are aligned to make sure everything’s checked And we get everything done. And then on my left side You can see that we have the timeline, and that’s just to keep everyone accountable. Making sure the project moves smoothly and progresses. And then next we have the team, of Nick and Sara. The dream team. So we have that going on to make sure that everyone knows what their role is within the process to make sure it goes smoothly, and no one is left behind in the dust. And then lastly, resources needed. That’s just to make sure that everything is planned and goes smoothly. We make sure we have the money that’s involved, and all the technologies are in place, so we can have a smooth process throughout the project. These are some ideas about how you might use the sticky wall, and in the future and in your work and potentially with us. Thanks for listening!

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