About Workshop Tactics
What is Workshop Tactics?
Workshop Tactics is a deck of cards containing step-by-step workshop facilitation exercises. They are expertly curated so you know exactly what to workshop to run, and when to run it.
The cards help you evaluate, understand, generate ideas, prioritise and make decisions. All core practices of any innovative and progressive organisation.
What's the story behind Workshop Tactics?
Meetings suck, a lot.
I've sat through hundreds of ineffective meetings. You know the ones I'm talking about. The agenda is derailed by the loudest voice. Strong opinions and differences are never settled. The meetings that end, and you’re not sure you are any closer to where you need to be.
Time is precious, and meetings are a great way of wasting it.
Until one day, a new guy - Tom started at the agency I was working at. In his meetings, we got stuff done. He commanded the room in a humble yet authoritative manner. You left the room having accomplished something together. We knew clearly what we had to do next.
It was effortless, like he was an actor in a play and we were all part of it. His meetings were the buzz of the office. It felt revolutionary. But they weren't really "meetings". He was running mini workshops. We didn't even realise that, because we were getting stuff done.
I wanted to know how he did it. I wanted to know exactly what workshop to run, and how to run it - without all his years of experience.
This is how Workshop Tactics was born.
An early 3D rendering of the Alpha version of the Crazy Eights card.
What is the biggest problem Workshop Tactics solves?
I set out to find the simplest and most effective workshops and put them all in one place. In the age of the internet, there is too much information. I wanted to calm things down and bring the best into one place. Most of all, I wanted this all for myself. So just like Tom, I could pull out the right workshop at the right time, and have it look like I knew what I was doing.
... and that was the light bulb moment. Not only curating the best into one place, but giving guidance on exactly the most appropriate time to use them.
I discovered this is something other people would find useful. Even if you are already an expert like Tom. A curated set of workshops in your back pocket not only empowers you, but everyone around you.
Who created Workshop Tactics?
Workshop Tactics is curated and designed by Charles Burdett. Charles has years of experience facilitating workshops and meetings. He created Workshop Tactics to help others do the same.
Charles is a freelance user experience designer. Previously as a Senior UX Designer at the BBC he helped shape the Bitesize and Teach brands. Before that, at Manchester agency Code Computerlove he co-created the massively popular Higher Lower Game. He's currently helping Co-op Digital develop innovations for Co-op Food stores.
Illustrations and artwork by David Hill.