This event is part of a 3-part series:

August 6, 2019

Advanced Facilitation 

Master Class 

with Daniel Stillman & Douglas Ferguson

A hands-on workshop to sharpen your facilitation skills.

August 7, 2019

Design 

Sprint 

Master Class

with Jake Knapp

Learn the Design Sprint process from its creator, Jake Knapp.

August 8, 2019

Rapid 

Prototyping Master Class

with Daniel Stillman, Douglas Ferguson & Eli Wood

Learn how to bring  concepts to life in this workshop.

 

The Master Class

The class will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll have the chance to try new facilitation approaches 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 learn how to:

Manage difficult people

Juggle the multiple roles you have to play

Lead group synthesis of complex data

Approach group work mindfully

Transform your workshop planning using a narrative framework

Wait…what’s facilitation?

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.

Workshop Topics

The Conversation OS

Building Agendas

Liberating Structures

Visual Facilitation Techniques

Icebreakers, & Energizers

 Attendee’s Choice Bonus Methods!

Who Should Attend

Most people could benefit, no matter what your job is. But we think this will be especially relevant for Scrum Masters, business owners, team leaders, meeting facilitators, strategy consultants, negotiators, managers, and design thinkers. If you run meetings, daily standups, workshops, or other important work gatherings, you’ll learn a ton.

About Douglas

Douglas is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based workshop agency that specializes in Design Sprints and innovation workshops. Prior to Voltage Control,  Douglas held CTO positions at numerous Austin startups where he led product and engineering teams using agile, lean, and human-centered design principles. While CTO at Twyla, Douglas worked directly with Google Ventures running Design Sprints and now brings this experience and process to companies everywhere. Douglas is active in the Austin startup community where he serves on the board of several non-profits, mentors startups, and advises early-stage ventures. Douglas spends his free time patching up modular synthesizers, playing guitar, and taking photographs. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

About Daniel

Daniel designs conversations for a living. An independent design facilitator and coach, he works with teams and organizations to frame and sustain productive and collaborative conversations. He’s worked with clients of all shapes and sizes on product, service and organizational innovation. He hosts The Conversation Factory podcast and is the author of the upcoming book, “How Conversations Work” a handbook for changemakers and innovators.

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Venue

UMLAUF

605 Azie Morton Road

(formerly Robert E. Lee Road)

Austin, TX 78704

About Voltage Control

Voltage Control is an innovation workshop agency founded by Douglas Ferguson, an entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years of experience. With his unique combination of  expertise in technology, product strategy, and design thinking, Douglas offers trusted guidance to companies who want to jumpstart their product or project with an impactful innovation workshop. Based in Austin, Voltage Control designs and leads custom innovation workshops and Design Sprints, as developed by Google Ventures. 

Beyond the Prototype 

A roadmap for navigating the fuzzy area between ideas and outcomes

By Douglas Ferguson

Have you ever struggled to move a key innovation project forward at work? Based on his experiences running Design Sprints for top companies, Douglas Ferguson wrote Beyond the Prototype to offer practical advice for people shifting from discovery to realization. Full of stories from companies like Google, Liberty Mutual, and Adobe, this guide outlines six steps that every team should take to launch their vision. 

Available Now!

About Voltage Control

Voltage Control is an innovation workshop agency founded by Douglas Ferguson, an entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years of experience. With his unique combination of  expertise in technology, product strategy, and design thinking, Douglas offers trusted guidance to companies who want to jumpstart their product or project with an impactful innovation workshop. Based in Austin, Voltage Control designs and leads custom innovation workshops and Design Sprints, as developed by Google Ventures. 

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