makes HelixPLAN work?
The HelixPLAN method is based on very pragmatic
principles and concepts, such as:
of ideas and the judging of ideas should be separated. This
improves the volume of ideas that are generated, and raises the
likelihood that really great ideas will be uncovered. It
also allows every participant to fully engage without fear of
being shot down. The separation of idea generation
and judging also improves the groups ability to work with
the ideas (e.g., group similar ideas, evaluate relevance and importance,
determine independence, etc.), and do so with speed and consensus.
Idea generation and decision-making improve exponentially.
And, when you actively engage a group of people in thinking productively,
all the crowd control stuff magically takes care of
short-term memory is limited to 5 - 7 things. The individual
techniques used recognize this limit and do not exceed it.
At the same time, because all of the groups work is continuously
displayed in front of them, the group can work with more ideas
than their short-term memory can hold.
tell what a person is thinking, but we know a lot about HOW people
think. For example, as people think about ideas, they group
them (this goes with that), and they judge them (that
wont work, this goes before that, this
is more important than that, etc.). Each person does
this is their head. With HelixPLAN, there are tools and
techniques that enable the group to do this as a team, reaching
consensus every step of the way.
in any organization know what they are trying to achieve, what
their challenges and issues are, what the climate and culture
of their organization is, and what course(s) of action will ultimately
get the best results. In other words, they have plenty of
collective wisdom about their business. They may not, however,
have an effective way to harness that collective wisdom.
A consultant using HelixPLAN brings a process that harnesses the
organizations wisdom (not an ANSWER from the consultants
wisdom), and gets people into action
as a team.
method is transferred to people within the organization, so that
the organization has the requisite skills to accelerate and sustain
its improvement going forward.
What purpose or objectives
can be achieved using HelixPLAN?
HelixPLAN has been used to facilitate
work sessions around:
Corporate transformation plans
Functional tactical plans
Process improvement, design, reengineering
Training program development
Action plans of all types
Designing the session:
The purpose of the session is discussed
with the sponsor(s)
Specific objectives and appropriate
participants are agreed to with the sponsor
Session is designed to engage the participants in
achieving the agreed objectives (while the session is designed
in advance, the design remains flexible, and is often adjusted
during the course of a session to ensure that session objectives
Conducting the session:
- Participants are asked questions by the
one question at a time (e.g. what are
all the possible things we can do to provide better service?,
or whose opinion of our success matters?, or To
what extent is each of the following factors critical to our
success?, or To what extent are we currently successful
in the following initiatives?, etc.)
- Participants write ideas/responses on
cards. The cards are posted on the wall so that everyone
can see all of the ideas at one time
- The facilitators help the group work
the cards in various ways (e.g. to group and label similar ideas,
to evaluate, sequence and/or prioritize actions, to assign dates
and accountabilities for actions, etc.). HelixPLAN includes
15 techniques, one of which is appropriate for any type of activity
the group may need to perform in the session. Techniques
minimize participants "preaching to the converted",
and maximize participants' feeling that their ideas are being
heard and dealt with fairly. Techniques get consensus
on decisions by quickly, anonymously determining where people
are already in agreement, and providing ways for participants
to lobby for their point of view. At the end of the session,
participants are satisfied with the results, because each had
their say, and consensus was reached and tested every step of
Documenting/reporting the session:
All of the ideas on cards, and all of
the work done to the ideas are fully documented.
The session report includes all
of the raw documentation, but also includes:
Session reports are designed to:
help strengthen accountability for
decisions reached and actions planned in the meeting
provide a complete and concise record
of the meeting that is the next best thing to being
there, for updating key leaders, other teammates,
partnering organizations, etc.
What size group is ideal?
Any size group will work. HelixPLAN
has been used with as few as 3 and as many as 42 people in a session.
Up to approximately 9 participants can work as 1 group.
If there are more than 9 participants, we usually establish table
groups of 4-6 people each (switching the composition of the table
groups as needed over the course of the session).
What is the duration of a typical session?
There is no minimum or maximum session length.
The length is determined by the session objectives. HelixPLAN
can be used for a one-hour session or a multi-day session.
What space and materials are needed for
a HelixPLAN session?
Since all ideas and work are posted on the
wall, lots of unobstructed wall space is needed! (For example,
for a 2-day session with 20 people, 75-100 linear feet of wall
space may be used.) All of the materials needed in the session
come pre-packaged in HelixPLAN Kits (4-foot wide roll of white
paper, cards, masking tape, sticky spray, markers, grids and voting
dots, name tents and everything else you need for a work
session). HelixPLAN Kits comes in a box that is 4 feet x
18" X 4", and can be ordered online
and shipped anywhere.
What is the cost of a HelixPLAN session?
Contact The Helix Group at 919-870-9345 for
What is the cost to train and license
our own people in HelixPLAN?
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