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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Tool 55

Open space

What the tool is

Open space is a large-scale, collaborative problem-solving methodology in which the group participating effectively creates its own agenda. Individuals post their problems on a notice board and then convene breakout meetings in which the problems are discussed and the owner takes notes of ideas. Participants can wander freely between breakout groups, offering help and moving on when they feel they have nothing more to contribute.

When to use it

  • For strategic planning.
  • For organisational design.
  • For any decision making that will affect people cross-functionally.

What you will need

  • A circle of chairs for participants.
  • Signs indicating the meeting locations.
  • Breakout spaces or rooms for smaller meetings. ...

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