Regardless of the type of project at RealFoundations we rely heavily on collaborative work methods to accelerate problem solving and effectively drive change. The key? There is no single, templated format.
Each work session has a varied number of participants, a unique venue, individual objectives and other personalized factors that combine to represent an almost infinite number of discrete types of collaborative work. There are, however, a few natural groupings of session types.
Unique Session Types
Level A – Meetings & Small Work Sessions
This category describes recurring project status meetings, as well as non-recurring meetings called to address a specific, discrete item or issue. They tend to be shorter and involve a relatively small number (10 or fewer) of participants, and have a small number of objectives and desired outcomes.
Example: Status Meetings
Level B – Tactical Facilitated Sessions
There is a wide spectrum of session types within the broader Level B Grouping, but the objectives or desired outcomes of these sessions are tactical in nature. The type and nature of the output for these facilitated sessions is known or know-able before the session starts. These sessions differ from Level A in the complexity of the work to be completed, in the number of session participants, and the quantity and interrelatedness of the work that must be completed.
Example: Future State Process Design Session
Level C – Strategic Facilitated Sessions
The complexity and ambiguity of output of Level C sessions distinguish them from Level B sessions. The objectives of the sessions, list of questions to answer, and participants to invite are definable. But the specific outcome for these sessions can vary widely and the activities conducted within the confines of the session may need to change very quickly. These sessions tend to deal with strategic, organizational or departmental issues.
Example: Project Kickoff Session
For level B and Level C facilitated sessions, RealFoundations utilizes a RealDiscovery® collaborative work methodology. These sessions use creative and collaborative techniques to solve business problems and make business decisions. There are five main elements that distinguish a RealDiscovery® session:
- Identify opportunities for improvements
- Determine leading practices both inside and outside of the organization
- Apply leading practices to operations
- Develop consistency of operations throughout
- Maximize business efficiencies
The RealFoundations approach to achieving process improvement is through individualized collaborative work sessions between your various divisions, regions or departments. A project team will work closely with key personnel from your company to identify leading practices and common processes, and develop future state business processes that can be built throughout the organization.