Design Dash Workshop



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Rapidly co-create and prototype solutions with your team and customers



How do you keep all teammates engaged during virtual meetings and how do you distribute the work in an asynchronous manner? It takes a pro-level toolkit and mindset to leave virtual meeting participants excited about the next virtual meeting. In this workshop, you will find many tools to get the most out of a team’s distributed intelligence.



The Design Dash is a rapid digital prototyping workshop that allows a team to embody a maker's mindset. It is for a small team to remix existing ideas, make a prototype, and leverage curiosity to learn from those they seek to serve.



Let our expert facilitators lead you through a design dash. You’ll change the way you look at prototyping and create a maker culture within your organization.



Date

July 28 & 29



Time

12pm–4pm CDT



Location

Online

Agenda

Deep Work Session 1

When to Dash and how to prepare a Dash



Deep Work Session 2

How to remix anything



Deep Work Session 3

How to facilitate distributed prototyping

Deep Work Session 4

How to listen and process feedback from your users/customers

Who Should Attend?



Product Leaders

who want to make the most of maker culture and distributed teams

Designers and Engineers

who seek a faster and more meaningful way to workshop

Executives

wondering what the future of work looks like for distributed teams

Freelancers

seeking to do more building and less talking

What You'll Learn

Running a distributed team requires much more than just working remotely and using Zoom. You have to change your paradigm around traditional collaboration. If you are able to, a team that can execute asynchronously can do things a traditional team can’t. In this fun, fast-paced, hands-on class, you’ll sharpen your facilitation and leadership skills through practice and peer feedback. Our facilitators will lead you through various virtual facilitation methods and distributed team management, teaching why and how they work.



We will coach you how to leverage new paradigms like asynchronous project management, capturing virtual team intelligence in a virtual meeting, how to pivot when virtual challenges come your way, and drafting the correct narratives as the backbone of your distributed culture. Lastly, we will show you how to capture feedback so that each member in the meeting is leveling up, regardless of where they are.

How You'll Learn

The class will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll have the chance to try new facilitation approaches and frameworks in a safe space. We won’t just talk at you — you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn from our experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest enterprises.



You’ll practice tips and tricks so you can incorporate these jedi techniques into everyday distributed team workflows like a pro. You’ll end the day with a new way of looking at facilitating work online and the confidence to approach it with renewed energy and optimism. It’s not just about a bigger toolbox, but developing a new paradigm that you can draw on to be a master leader for a distributed team that collaborates virtually.

Key Takeaways

How to make asynchronous & synchronous work for your team in a virtual environment

Go from a manager to a maker - learn digital tools and how to build vs. talk

How to leverage a remote, diverse mix of strengths and personalities

Transform your online meeting planning using a narrative framework

Lead group synthesis of complex data in virtual meetings

Wait, what's facilitation?

Whether you know it or not, you are probably a facilitator. Facilitators lead and guide teams through important gatherings (think: “lockdowns,” working sessions, strategic meetings, etc.) to achieve better outcomes. They are skilled at developing focused agendas, leading collaborative activities, remaining impartial, and keeping participants on task. Even if you are not a professional facilitator, many of us have to play the role of facilitator at key moments in our day-to-day work. Here’s your chance to learn tools to do it more successfully.



What People are Saying

"There are many choices for workshops, but in my mind there are very few who get it right. Douglas Ferguson and Voltage Control get it. If you are looking to learn a topic for the first time or level up your own skills or that of your team, then the virtual workshops offered by Voltage Control are a great option. Thanks to the workshops, we are now confidently moving beyond design thinking and regularly pushing prototypes into production."

Robert T.

VP & SENIOR CORPORATE COUNSEL at LIBERTY MUTUAL

"Anyone that can construct a sequence of conversations to lead others is a metaskill. Anyone who participates in meetings or owns an agenda would benefit from this. It is a whirlwind, but you are among others who are in charge of making an impact. This is a practical, hands-on deep dive for managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who can change their culture by leading meetings like a pro."

Mark T.

head of services at mural

About John

John is an entrepreneur and business coach. He is Chief Product Officer of Voltage Control, where we prototypes tools to help people facilitate better meetings. He enjoys designing technology through unlearning and the generous act of sonder. Prior to Voltage Control, John was Entrepreneur in Residence at Animal Ventures where he advised Fortune 100 leadership on their prototyping practices and led distributed software teams at the intersection of machine learning, robotics, and decentralized computing. John also worked directly with Google Ventures running Design Sprints and now coaches organizations how to develop rapid prototyping practices within their culture.



John is a co-author to two books with Douglas Ferguson: How To Remix Anything and Non-Obvious Guide to Magical Meetings and is an author of Time Off - a look at how modern society is burning us out, why time off and creativity will be a crucial component to the future of human work, and the solutions to help us all prioritize our “rest ethic.” John spends his leisure time farming, hosting dinner parties, and practicing Jiu Jitsu. He graduated from University of Texas at Austin and is a proud alumni of Seth Godin’s altMBA.

About Douglas

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based facilitation agency that specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.



Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Acceleration, Team Alignment, Meeting Systems, Culture Transitions, and Change Transformations. He is also the author of three books: Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything (co-authored), and Start Within (co-authored).



Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world.



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