Matter provides facilitated solutions, either through intensive 2-5 day DesignShop® events or through more extensive engagements where facilitation methods help achieve alignment in complex, often un-clear situations involving large numbers of people. Whether an intense 3-day DesignShop event or a broader ten-week facilitated project, Matter provides focus, acceleration, and creative collaboration to its client’s most talented and impassioned people.
Matter’s events and projects make use of a simple Scan-Focus-Act structure, allowing participants to deeply understand an issue’s context and develop a common language before diving deep to stress test various options, and to drive towards a detailed solution.
Matter is a member of the MGTaylor community of practitioners and as such shares with a small number of colleagues a unique transition management methodology. This patented approach is built around several fundamental elements:
DesignShops bring participants on a journey of shared discovery, collective buy-in and alignment around self-built solutions.
DesignShops integrate the knowledge and experience of all interested parties to identify a plausible solution.
Unlike most other facilitation methodologies, DesignShops provide increasing returns to scale: their ability to address complex issues grows with each additional participant and their effectiveness increases exponentially with each additional day of work.
All of Matter’s engagements make use of:
Matter’s facilitation techniques allow large numbers of people to work in parallel, developing potential solutions from various vantage points to ensure speed, rigour, and completeness.
Good enough is never good enough. Every solution benefits from aggressive testing, feedback, and revision. By designing work to be iterated, teams can jump in to detailed design in the knowledge that they will subsequently take a step back to apply critical judgment and new points-of-view, before once again diving deep to refine and improve.
The Scan-Focus-Act approach enables participants need to understand alternative views, and deepen collective understanding of the context, challenges, enablers, and individual and collective capabilities (Scan/Focus) before jumping into implementable solutions (Act). This work constitutes Scan and Focus. The subsequent Act phase releases a burst of activity that rapidly overcomes barriers to achieve convergence.