Recommended Web Sites
There are many websites with excellent information related to facilitation and related disciplines that benefit from facilitation skills. Some which may be helpful to you include the following:
3M Meeting Network
The 3M Meeting Network provides tips on facilitating meetings and delivering presentations, offers advice and information on meeting room products, and contains a database of professional facilitators, planners, and trainers.
EffectiveMeetings.com is an online resource center designed to provide useful information about meetings in the form of articles, tips, and quizzes.
The Facilitation Factory is a central location for facilitation tools and techniques. It allows members to test old and new philosophies and refine their skills. Inside the Facilitation Factory, members have access to a Lotus Notes Database that houses information on how to facilitate a successful group sessions.
Flip Charts 2 Go
Flipcharts2go.com is an online specialty printer with offerings including tabletop flipcharts, presentation flipcharts, posters, puzzles and foam core presentations.
Group Facilitation is a moderated discussion on the practice and theory of group facilitation. Participants share ideas, questions, and advice on group problem solving and decision making, group development, running meetings, and related topics.
International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Methods Database
The IAF Methods Database is an online methods resource and knowledge-sharing community dedicated to providing managers, team leaders, and facilitators with online and face-to-face tools for planning, leading, and following up on group meetings.
MeetingsNet offers targeted intelligence, planning tools, and resources for meeting planners and executives.
Mimio by Virtual Link
Mimio.com offers products, software, and conferencing solutions which can support facilitated work sessions. Software tools allow you to capture, create, and present information through a projector or interactive whiteboard, and then manipulate previously created content.
4PM – Project Management
4PM.com offers project management training, certification courses, and a library of reference materials. This site includes book recommendations as well as links to articles, templates for project deliverables, tools, and descriptions of techniques.
eBizQ-The Insider’s Guide to Business Process Integration
ebizQ provides a forum for IT professionals, vendors, and industry analysts to exchange information on business integration technologies, problems, and solutions. The site provides the information on vendors, products, market directions, and best practices. ebizQ’s content is freely available to subscribers.
iSixSigma is a free information resource to help business professionals learn about quality principles and successfully implement quality within their organizations. The resources available at iSixSigma include articles on the basic fundamentals of quality, discussion boards, as well as detailed descriptions of quality tools, methodologies, and examples of their applications
IT Toolbox Project Management Knowledge Base
The IT Toolbox is a community where peers share knowledge about information technology. The Project Management Knowledge Base provides blogs, wiki’s, groups, and white papers to allow interaction among IT project management professionals on topics that are important to them.
Jim Clemmer Process Improvement
This site offers articles, columns, and descriptions of models and frameworks which focus on process improvement, leadership, change, customer focus, culture, and teams.
Max Wideman’s Project Management Wisdom
Max Wideman is a widely acclaimed risk management expert in the project management industry; he led the development of the first PMBOK. His website is designed to provide answers to many of the questions and issues plaguing project management today.
Mind Tools outlines thinking skills in nine essential areas: time management, stress management, memory improvement, information skills, practical creativity, problem solving, decision making, project planning and management, and communication skills. Use this resource to discover techniques that improve creativity, assist problem solving, organize time and deadlines, and improve your memory.
Requirements author and consultant Karl Wiegers shares his expertise in an informative website. Process Impact focuses on practical requirements engineering, software process improvement, process assessment, metrics, and management of software projects.
The content of this website comes from practicing managers and team members with experience on a variety of project types—product development, IT, marketing, biotech, aerospace, and more. It is dedicated to providing fast access to practical PM resources for those managing projects large and small who are trying to make good project management work in their organizations.
Sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), this online community provides articles from industry experts, Deliverable Templates, and peer connections through social networking and discussion forums.
PM World Library
The PM World Library is a global resource for continuous learning and knowledge sharing related to modern, professional Program and Project Management (P/PM). It is intended to help advance the global project management profession and to promote professional P/PM in support of positive economic, political and social development around the world.
Many organizations exist to promote continued learning, networking, and growth in the areas of facilitation and project management. The list below includes some organizations of interest.
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
ASQ is the world’s leading authority on quality since 1946. The 104,000-member professional association creates better workplaces and communities worldwide by advancing learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results. ASQ provides information, contacts, and opportunities to make things better in the workplace, in communities, and in people’s lives.
Association of Project Management (APM)
APM is the largest independent professional body of its kind in Europe, with over fifteen thousand individual and four hundred corporate members throughout the UK and abroad. The aim of APM is to develop and promote project management across all sectors of industry and beyond.
The Association of Business Process Management Professionals International (ABPPMP)
The Association of Business Process Management Professionals International is a non-profit, vendor independent professional organization dedicated to the advancement of business process management concepts and its practices. The ABPMP International provides opportunities for networking, for continuing education, and for sharing best practices, new ideas, and experiences of its members and professional colleagues.
Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI)
For 50 years, CPSI and the Creative Education Foundation (CEF) have been helping people throughout the world understand and unleash their creative potential. CEF is the industry leader in teaching people to deliberately apply creativity and innovation. Its mission is to “provoke creativity and inspire worldwide imaginative change,” which you can experience at CPSI – where today’s leaders from a wide array of fields converge to explore the theory and practice of creativity in education, business and beyond.
Institute for Cultural Affairs – International
The Institute of Cultural Affairs is a world-wide private, non-profit social change organization. The organization aims to develop and implement methods of individual, community and organizational development. ICA activities include community meeting facilitation, educational research and training, organizational transformation, youth and women’s programs, sustainable rural development symposia and projects, leadership training, personal development workshops, strategic planning seminars, conference facilitation, documentation and evaluation. Its methods generate ownership, create clear goals, open lines of communication, broaden perspectives and motivate people to adapt to their changing environment while honoring the cultural traditions and diversity of all involved.
International Association of Facilitators
The International Association of Facilitators was formed by a group of professionals desiring an avenue for interchange, professional development, trend analysis and peer networking. Since 1994, the IAF has grown to over 1300 members in more than 20 countries. The IAF encourages and supports the formation of local groups of facilitators to network and provide professional development opportunities for their members.
The International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®)
As the voice of the business analysis community, IIBA supports the recognition of the profession, and works to maintain standards for the practice and certification.
International Society for Performance Improvement
Founded in 1962, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace. ISPI represents more than 10,000 international and chapter members throughout the United States, Canada, and 40 other countries. ISPI’s mission is to develop and recognize the proficiency of our members and advocate the use of Human Performance Technology.
National and Regional OD Networks
The OD Network is dedicated to being a leader in the advancement of the theory and practice of Organization Development by helping to define and communicate the values, purposes and benefits of Organization Development; promoting the effective and ethical use of Organization Development principles, tools and best practices; supporting practitioners through enhanced learning and professional development opportunities; providing a values-based home for OD practitioners, researchers and educators to exchange ideas and create dialogue on critical issues; and sharing leadership and partnering with others to achieve our vision.
Project Management Institute (PMI)
PMI is a global network of over 100,000 Project Management professionals that promotes sharing of ideas and experiences through networking and project participation and provides access to industry information, seminars and workshops on leading-edge topics.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 190,000 individual members, the Society’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive resources available. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 500 affiliated chapters within the United States and members in more than 100 countries.
Workflow and Reengineering International Association
Established in 1992, WARIA’s mission is to make sense of what’s happening at the intersection of Business Process Management, Workflow, Knowledge Management and Electronic Commerce and reach clarity through sharing experiences, product evaluations, networking between users and vendors, education and training. The association facilitates opportunities for members to discuss and share their experiences freely.