The Workshops function is designed to facilitate the collective thought processes in groups and organizations for analyzing, enhancing and clarifying information. Workshops can be used e.g. for:
- SWOT analysis
- Competitor analysis
- Retrospective analysis
- OKR planning
- Honing your strategic goals
- Prioritizing ideas and alternative actions
The workshop functionalities are not limited to certain content types, so they can be used for analyzing, enriching and highlighting almost any type of information. Workshops can be conducted both as live and remote sessions, also hybrid models that utilize both of these working methods are possible. Participants don't necessarily have to complete the workshop simultaneously either; workshops can be conducted asynchronously, simultaneously with all participants present or a mix of both of these approaches.
Workshops can be conducted either as standalone or group facilitation workshops. Standalone workshops are suitable for individual quick analyses. User simply goes through the work phases, gives their answers/ratings and generates the results in the end. In group facilitation workshops, facilitators plan and lead the workshop for all the participants. The facilitator is responsible for sufficient guidance for the participants and they also dictate the timing and pace of actions in the workshop. When everyone has finished the workshop, the facilitator analyzes the results and shares them forward to participants.
Creating the workshop can happen from a template or as one-off workshop. If you have any recurring workshops that you need to repeat periodically, you can create a workshop template that you can use as many times as you want. 4straction offers some system templates for every environment that you can use directly as they are or copy and adjust them to your way of working. You can also build workshops from ground up for one-off approach, if you don't need to repeat them afterwards. This might become handy in case of simple, impromptu style workshops that only need a few work phases.
All actions, answers and results are anonymous. Users can see their own ideas, but the identity of the creator will not be shown to the other participants or even the facilitator. This enables more honest and thorough answers, and reduces the amount of cognitive bias.