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Requirements Workshop Facilitation

Learn the skills, approaches and techniques needed to effectively plan and successfully facilitate a workshop.

Description

The purpose of this 1-day course is to provide participants with the skills needed to successfully facilitate a workshop. This course provides an approach and techniques for the effective planning and running of workshops.

Greater emphasis is being placed on skilled Business Analysts who have the ability to communicate strongly, engage with stakeholders, and elicit a clear understanding of business requirements. Workshop facilitation skills have never been more important for Business Analysts and IT professionals.

The skills and techniques taught on this course will be applicable to all types of workshops, although examples and exercises will focus more strongly on requirements workshops. During the afternoon session course participants undertake a realistic workshop facilitation exercise, to reinforce the principles and techniques learnt during the course.

The ‘Requirements Workshop Facilitation’ course is delivered by seasoned Equinox consultant practitioners who apply the techniques and practices presented in this course on a daily basis.

For groups of 5 or more, contact training@equinox.co.nz to discuss hosting a private course in-house at your place. 

Outline

Introduction

  • Effective people
  • Know thyself
  • What is facilitation?
  • When is facilitation used?
  • Workshop facilitation process

Think It

  • Workshop purpose
  • Sponsorship and participation

Plan It

  • Workshop results (what)
  • Workshop attendees (who)
  • Workshop activities and agenda (how)
  • Workshop location (where)
  • Scheduling (when)
  • Go / no go decision
  • Personal preparation

Do It

  • Preparing for the workshop
  • Opening the workshop
  • Monitor and manage interactions
  • Capture elements and outcomes
  • Keeping the workshop on track
  • Quality assurance
  • Workshop closure and follow up
  • Recapping challenges and interventions

Workshop facilitation exercise

Learning Outcomes

Following the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Have greater awareness of themselves as a workshop facilitator
  • Understand a process for preparing and running a workshop
  • Understand the rationale, justification, and roles for workshops
  • Learn the intricacies of workshop planning
  • Have applied the techniques for effectively running a workshop

Audience

The primary audience for this course is business analysts, project managers, architects who get involved in facilitating exercises. The course will also be of value to any IT or business professional who are involved in facilitation activities.

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