Turbo-charge your workshops: How design games can turn dull meetings into productivity boosters

A session at UX Australia 2011

Tuesday 23rd August, 2011

9:00am to 12:30pm (EST)

Meetings are an ever-present part of modern business. They’re the place where teams come together to discuss important issues and make far-reaching decisions. However, with so many people in the room, we often find it difficult to take action or reach consensus. So the result of one meeting is often to schedule another. This can lead to the formation of a ‘meeting culture’ which is hard to break.

Love them or loath them, meetings are here to stay. So we need to get better at managing meetings and turn them from a productivity sink to a productivity booster. Enter the creative workshop.

At Clearleft we’ve gained a reputation for our active, collaborative and fun workshops. So we regularly have attendees tell us “this was the best, most productive workshop we’ve ever attended”. We’ve even won projects off the back of our workshop skills alone. To achieve this we use a number of activities (sometimes called design games) to structure our sessions. Using these techniques we can make sure that everybody feels like they have participated and come away feeling they have achieved the meeting’s goals.

In this workshop we will teach you everything you need in order to super charge your workshops. This will include:

  • How to set up and plan the perfect workshop
  • The real value of design games and other co-design activities
  • How to run design games like ‘design the box’, ‘prune the tree’ and ‘what not to do’
  • Facilitation techniques from the masters

By re-positioning yourself as a ‘design facilitator’ rather than a ‘design executer’, we will show you how to raise your profile, increase your influence and have a greater affect on product strategy. As such this is a must-do workshop for any and all user experience practitioners wanting to take their careers to the next level.

About the speaker

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Andy Budd

User Experience Designer, partner at @clearleft and curator of @dconstruct and @uxlondon

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Time 9:00am12:30pm EST

Date Tue 23rd August 2011

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