• Story Theming — Any Volunteers?

    This post originally appeared on the Cognitive Edge blog on May 12, 2014.

    This is my third post #WorkingOutLoud, where I focus on modifying the process of some Cognitive Edge methods. My objectives are better absorption of new material and reduced cognitive overload in a SenseMaker® workshop with CareOregon.

    This past week I thought about story theming: how can we accomplish some pre-workshop activity with participants.

    The mind map shown below was my guide for an in-depth conversation with Melissa Anderson. The purple text is what Melissa added. She asked great questions and made me think out loud on particulars. This “rubber ducking” process is a great skill in her tool bag.


    Melissa wrote up a summary of that conversation plus some additional considerations. I reviewed the four possible online whiteboard options and concluded we needed to go with the easiest to use, selecting StormBoard. I also concluded that instructions to participants focus exclusively on what they need to do rather than giving a full contextual overview.


    I need six people to test out how this will work. This will give us two groups of three to test different approaches. Each person will receive ten to twenty stories along with instructions of how to proceed. There will be one live session for each group will work together.

    My goal is to run this later in the week (by May 16). We would schedule a live debrief too. Contact me if you are interested (laurie.webster at cognitive-edge.com). I will assess how well I can match up groups based on time zones. And, I will report the results back here.

    Story Theming Example

    The three images below show you a real example of what criteria were used to select stories and the results of the theming effort.






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