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Nice summary - this looks like a very useful broad-based use product, good experiential learning that I shall be recommneding to a number of my Clients, potential Clients

Peter Voller

I agree with most of your comments. A very deliverable piece of work from Klas Mellander, and one that I am confident will get significant use over the next couple of years. Thanks also for the link to Chaos, useful support information for both clients and participants.

Where I differ with your thoughts is around the comptetitive element of Cayenne. I felt that at the end of each period we were rushed towards the "ideal" solutions. If you recall this was one of Claudia Schmitz concerns about PPM, and a trap that Celemi may have fallen into again. Unlike Tango and Decision Base, participating table are not in competition with each other; they are seeking the best outcome for the project. There are no Right and Wrong answers, there are some that are better than others, in specific circumstances. I feel it is better to allow participants the space to explore the alternatives, discuss the various decisions that are made at each Table, and use these to draw parallels to their own situations.

Yes, I would be the first accept that Consultants are the most difficult audience to work with, and I thought Martin Sjostrand did a good job, but he left too many learning opportunities to hang in the air. I have decided to go for accreditation in the Autumn. I am thinking of using smaller groups in order to encourage debate - probably be 3 tables of 3/4, if that is practicable. I would plan to run Cayenne in much the same way as Claudia does PPM, but using the software to identify the potential outcomes of the alternatives,and minimise the competitive element.

Time will tell, and suggest that when Professional Facilitators have a few seminars under their belts, we should have a one day Cayenne session to share our experiences and learn from each other.

John Curran

Thanks for your comments Peter. I agree that there was some pressure to come up with a 'right answer' and that it might be possible to tap into the artificialities of the simulation to improve your performance - so a facilitation approach that reflects on the 'why' and not just the 'what' would be good. Clearly it's early days and I'm keen to explore how we can use the simulation effectively with clients.

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