FACILITATION 

Who is a Facilitator?  

  • A facilitator helps a group identify & solve problems by structuring discussions & intervening when necessary to improve the effectiveness of processes & outcomes. 

Why use a Facilitator?  

  • Absolves group participants from the responsibility of handling the discussion & trying to stay neutral  
  • Helps manage time & keep conversations on track 
  • Objectively help participants resolve disagreements & develop effective solutions 
  • Provides a clear, concise action-oriented outcomes report that clearly identifies next steps, decisions made, & other key points and the responsible parties for moving forward 
  • A structured agenda is developed that builds on previous topics while focusing & energizing participants around the workshop’s defined objectives 
  • Prevents single views from dominating discussions & ensures full participation in an inclusive, respectful, & productive environment 

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Strategic Planning is an organization or team’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. It sets priorities, focuses energy and resources, strengthens operations, and ensures that stakeholders are working toward common goals. Doolittle Institute has trained facilitators who can customize a strategic planning initiative for your project needs. 

Why should you do Strategic Planning?  

  • Team members receive a sense of accountability that can increase productivity 
  • Up-front time investment pays off when everyone is aligned to and works toward accomplishing goals & objectives 
  • Help your people know what they should be working on & what they should be working on first 
  • Serves as a communications vehicle for what must be done to create short- & long-term sustainability 

WORKSHOPS

 Needs Assessment & Custom Solutions: 

  • Meet with one of our facilitators to discuss your goals for your team or project; we will work with you from concept to execution and provide a tailored way forward to help you achieve desired outcomes.  
  • Not all workshops need to be long, multiple days, and labor intensive; we can help turn any regular meeting into a fun, face-paced, action-oriented, goal-achieving, productive workshop that gets you the results you desire!  

Examples of Workshop Types –  

  •  Requirements Determination 
  • Project Scoping 
  • Kickoff meeting  
  • Reorganization 
    • Strategic Planning  
    • Capability Assessment  
    • Process Improvement  
    • Focus Groups  
    • Collaboration  
    • Any purpose 

SPRINTS  

What is a Sprint?

  • Four-day process for rapidly solving big challenges, creating new products, or improving existing ones. It compresses potentially months of work into a few days. 
  • In four days, the Sprint will help you to: 
    • Understand. Map out the problem and pick important areas on which to focus. 
    • Collaborate. Receive input from a variety of stakeholders & SMEs such as the operational community, the test community, industry, and academia.  
    • Ideate. Sketch out competing solutions and ideas on paper. 
    • Decide. Make decisions and turn your ideas into a testable hypothesis. 
    • Prototype or plan for prototyping. Can be any format: digital, hardware, 3-D printed, low-fidelity model, etc.  
    • Scope & plan work. Plan for follow on activities to further the concept(s)/project.  
    • Test. Get feedback from stakeholders & leadership. 

CROWDSOURCED SOLUTIONS 

Do you need a solution to a very specific problem designed and built by non-traditional resources? We can develop and execute a challenge to complete it quickly. We will work with you to scope the challenge and tailor all aspects to meet security requirements.  

  • InnoCentive: 
    • Doolittle Institute and InnoCentive will guide you through the challenge process of selecting which of the five challenge types will best suit your needs based on your anticipated deliverable.  
    • InnoCentive’s Open Innovation Marketplace connects organizations seeking solutions to important challenges they face with an unrivaled network of expert problem solvers- both experts from within your industry and, more importantly, experts from outside of your industry that can offer diverse perspectives and fresh insight.  
    • There are many types of people in the world and many types of problems that need solving. Since 2001, InnoCentive has helped global businesses, governments, public sector organizations, and charities harness the power of a crowd. With over 500,000 Solvers tackling problems from facilitating access to clean water at a household level to passive solar devices designed to attract & kill malaria-carrying mosquitos, InnoCentive has become the market-leading Open Innovation organization. 
    • In over 80% of the solutions found by InnoCentive clients, the winning Solver would not have fit the hiring profile of our client. This capability does not replace valued SME’s that clients must hire, this capability gives solution work to SME’s that may have not previously been known or understood. Firms such as the Ministry of Defense, U.S. Navy, NASA, New Zealand Defense Force, and many more have come to InnoCentive for solutions to problems. 

ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS (RCA)  

We have a Doolittle Facilitator specifically trained in the Sologic Root Cause Analysis Method. “The Sologic method is built on the principle that causal relationships exist for all events and can be graphically modeled by using evidence-based inputs along with conditional logic. This model provides a stable foundation upon which the investigation team develops a comprehensive understanding of the problem. This leads to the identification of effective solutions, including immediate corrective actions as well as long-term, sustainable solutions. Requiring evidence-based inputs prevents conclusions based on conjecture and hidden agendas while reconciling different viewpoints. This ensures that all stakeholders understand the problem in the same way and to the same degree.  Sologic Root Cause Analysis minimizes personal bias and maximizes analytical thinking. Both are critical to gaining leadership support and resources for solutions. It unites the team around a common purpose, process, and language.” https://www.sologic.com/en-us/about/root-cause-analysis  

Some Uses for Root Cause Analysis (RCA) 

  • Conducting investigation into an incident or failure  
  • To analyze any problem  
  • To identify causes of undesired outcomes in tests/experiments  
  • To identify pain points in processes  
  • Quality control problems  
  • Safety-based situations or accident analysis  
  • Failure analysis in engineering and maintenance  
  • Computer systems or software analysis  
  • Change management or continuous improvement activities