Categorized Ideas Coaching Tool (By Mike Caspar)

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Categorized Ideas Coaching Tool

The Categorized Ideas Coaching/Facilitation Tool is designed to help obtain common goals and ideas from people with different backgrounds or approaches to a situation.

Mike have been iterating on this tool for a while. Until recently, it has only been used at clients and with a few close friends.

He recently shared the tool at Agile Coach Camp Canada 2016 in Cornwall for the community as a whole.

A sample question used for this first canvas….

To all participants (as an example).

“The government has told us we have 1 month to move our business to another province.  We have 35 employees. 

I would like your help to ensure we are prepared for this and all of our thoughts and ideas are considered.  


For each  idea that you have, place it on a sticky and put it up on the board (canvas).
Feel free to talk to each other as you put them up”.

– very little facilitation needed (caused by thick lines and colours)
– If necessary, could say “It might help to read each other’s stickies as you put them up”

– Step back. Things will take care of themselves…

A sample (real) question used for the second canvas (created by one of the participants)…

“I am worried about the future health of my family because we’re all so busy.


I would like some ideas about some possible steps and things to do to help keep our family healthy.  


We have 4 people in the family”.

– very little facilitation needed (caused by thick lines and colours)
– If necessary, could say “It might help to read each other’s stickies as you put them up”

– Step back. Things will take care of themselves…

 Mike has used the tool for many other types of sessions…

  • Jenkins CI session with multiple types of teams followed up with shared ideas on how Jenkins could be used in the organization
  • At a Manufacturing Company to consolidate thoughts from various departments to help prioritize plant upgrades and maintenance.

You can learn more about how the community has been using the Categorized Ideas Coaching/Facilitation Tool by clicking here:

Mike hopes to see many new contributions, ideas and learning.

Have fun!

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Categorized Ideas by Mike Caspar is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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