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SUCCESSFUL FACILITATION OF MODELING SESSIONS

Most types of modesl used in the IRM environment are constructed in a group session, with the business subject matter experts. Usually, the objects being modeled are intended to be leveraged and shared among as many organizations and business processes as possible, so the composition of these modeling sessions generally involves a number of participants, representing different parts of the enterprise. Consensus and agreement on content of the model is essential before things can actually be physically built based on these models. Modeling in a group demands expert facilitation to ensure that the modeling work is done properly, efficiently, and productively, and to ensure that the necessary consensus is achieved. This seminar is a workshop in the basic skills and preparation required for effective facilitation of group modeling sessions. (The appropriate modeling seminars described previously are highly recommended prerequisites as the workshop in this seminar assumes students are familiar with different types of models and modeling techniques.)

Lecture topics are outlined below, but the majority of the time is spent with students actually facilitating with the other students acting as the modeling session participants. A modeling exercise is assigned to each student, and some group members are given specific roles to play during the exercise. Using a very detailed evaluation form, the group evaluates each student's facilitation skills after their modeling exercise, and suggests ways to improve performance. If the client desires, the exercises can be video-recorded, giving the student outstanding audio and visual feedback on their performance.

 
TOPICAL OUTLINE

DURATION: 2 days with no workshop; 5 days with on-the-feet workshop for 12

TARGETED AUDIENCES: (recommended maximum of 12 attendees)

PREREQUISITES: Any of the skill-building seminars addressing various forms of modeling (functional/process, data, transaction, distribution, etc.) which are intended to be performed in a facilitated group format.

WORKSHOP REQUIREMENTS: Participants actually facilitate canned modeling scenarios in the workshop. A meeting room with good visual media (large expanses of whiteboard, overhead projector and blank transparencies, large flip chart easel, etc.) is required. At the client's option, the students may be video recorded, and then can study/critique their own performance to improve technique, speed, communication skills, etc. If video recording is desired, then video recording equipment and a trained camera operator must be supplied by the client.


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