Round Table Structured Problem Solving
What is a round table: The concept of the round table is that any person can present a problem they are having trouble solving and gain the feedback and knowledge of the group. The collective intelligence of many is always better than that of the few.
How does it work: A presenter will in advance of the meeting will outline and submit the problem by answering a few questions.
- How do I __________________?
- The issue is important because __________________?
- What I have done to date is __________________?
- What I want the group to help me with is __________________?
This will provide a uniform presentation of the problem. Also feel free to add additional information but being cautious to not provide your opinions or present it in a way that persuades the issue. You would prefer to be presented with all options.
We meet: During the roundtable, the attendees will come to the meeting with suggestions for the problem. Preferably in writing vs off the cuff.
The presenter will verbally present the problem and answer clarifying questions for no more than 20 minutes. After that allotted time or until done presenting, an open discussion amongst the group will occur with the moderator ensure everyone stays on topic. The discussion, unless otherwise pre-agreed to will be limited to one hour from start to finish.
Remember to look at any problem from ground level and again from 15,000 feet. Different perspective’s will always help.
Conclusion: At the conclusion, the presenter will take the information presented and make a decision on the problem. If, for any reason, the problem has not been solved or requires additional research or information, the presenter may re-present the issue again with the new information at a future roundtable.
If the presenter was able to solve the problem, he/she will present the solution/process at the next roundtable with a timeline for implementation.