OpenSpace link - was Re: Face-to-face communication
- I've blogged about a typical openspace event
(if there is such a thing :-)
in case anyone is interested in how it works.
--- In email@example.com, "Deb" <deborah@...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Deb" <deborah@> wrote:
> > I'll put something together on OpenSpace and post a link here when
> > it's ready.
> > deb
> OpenSpace is to conferences as Scrum is to project management. It's a
> collaborative method to engage the passion of participants and
> generate a lot of great discussion in a short space of time, at
> minimal cost. It actually works best when there are strongly polar
> opinions. In fact, under the name "The Practice of Peace" it is used
> to bring conflicting groups together to explore constructive solutions.
> My colleague Larry Petersen has an excellent site discussing the
> OpenSpace facilitation technique: http://www.spiritedorg.com/open.htm
> Larry Peterson is one of North America's leading OpenSpace
> facilitators, under whom I studied to become an OpenSpace facilitator
> myself. Larry has led numerous events in Canada and internationally,
> including one series of 14 OS events for an Ontario provincial
> government ministry, involving about 7000 participants in total.
> The OpenSpace track at Agile2006 will consist of two sessions in
> parallel to Discovery Sessions on the Wednesday.
> This track is being organized / facilitated by Diana Larsen and Esther
> Derby, who are both CSMs, and experienced with OpenSpace.
> We use it at XPday NorthAmerica events, and it always leads to
> interesting discussions - whether in sessions or around the coffee
> machine (which is where my thinking on metrics started to
> crystallize!) I think it's totally in sync with what we teach about
> Agile - it puts control in the hands of participants, provides a
> minimal toolset (flipcharts, workspaces), and fosters their
> creativity. You never know where it's going to go... can you handle
> it? :-)