Decision Jam

A workshop to solve any problem, with any amount of people

discovery-loop-why loop position

No. People

4-100+

Time

60 - 90 min

Difficulty

moderate

Participants

Anyone!

What is it?

This is a workshop exercise that you can use for ALMOST ANYTHING involving getting a few people in a room to define and solve challenges. It’s a handful of practices you run in order with a group to identify pain points or problems to solve, prioritizing those problems, ideating solutions to the most important problems, prioritizing those solutions, then assigning next-steps for the team to take in order to run a solution experiment.

Why use it?

The Decision Jam is an insanely flexible combination of exercises, taking the best of the world’s problem-solving processes (Design Thinking/Gamestorming/Design Sprints/Agile to name a few) and crushing them down to their absolute essence. It’s great to use if you feel like your team either isn’t currently focused on constant improvement OR you find the meetings you have about improving or problem solving never have any follow-through. Oh, or you’re in a group where 1 or a few people tend the dominate the conversation! This helps ensure EVERYONE’s ideas are considered πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

It’s awesome for converging on areas of improvement and driving to a clear experiment for a solution within a very short period of time. So if you wanna have fast follow-through for your team, this is a great workshop to try out!

Overview of Steps

1. Identify the things that are working

2. Capture all the problems or things holding the group back

3. Prioritize those problems

4. Reframe the problems as standardized challenges

5. Ideate solutions to the problems without discussion

6. Prioritise solutions

7. Decide what solution to execute on

8. Make solutions actionable

Here’s an step-by-step video of the creator of the Lightning Decision Jam (AJ&Smart) on how to facilitate this jazz:

Further Information

  1. Step-by-step blog post from the Creator of the Lightning Decision Jam (AJ&Smart)
  2. Step-by-step video walkthrough
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