Workshop – Group Thinking Benefits All

In the inaugural Data Day, RTC will be using a workshop event as a core element of the day’s learning objectives. Why will the workshop be the most interesting and informative part of the day’s activities?

In Michael Wilkerson’s book “The Secret of Facilitation”, Wilkerson states “You can achieve more effective results when solutions are created, understood, and accepted by the people impacted.”


We have all been in conferences, where we sat for hours listening to others. The activity is passive and has the least long-term gain. Also, we have attended conferences, with loads of hand outs, only to have them languish on our computers; never to be opened again. The most effective learning, and insight comes from interaction.

The goal of the facilitated workshop will be to bring together people with different experiences, insights, and perspectives to help increase the overall understanding of:

  • What is the ‘state of the union’ of data and AECO industry?
  • What are the experiences of users trying to leverage data?
  • What are the challenges, frustrations, and limitations?


During the workshop, the attendees will break up into smaller groups and those smaller groups will be given specific questions/issues to discuss and report back to the larger group.  Why small groups?

Allows everyone’s voice to be heard.

Create a sense of diversity of voices and opinions.

The reporting back to the all attendees at certain workshop milestones will allow for a wider audience understanding, participation, and discussion.

By talking, and sharing ideas, Data Day is providing a forum for information, ideas, and challenges to be expressed to a wider audience.  We look forward to your active participation. Data Day will be on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 –

David Haynes

Director of Consulting – Ideate, Inc.
RTC Data Day Committee Member

David is a Registered Architect, Project Management Certified Professional, who has had his own architectural practice and was President of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of the University of Arizona, David has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer and as the Corporate Construction Manager for a national retailer.

David has been focused on data in the AECO industry for many years. David received a Certificate in Data Visualization from the University of Washington in 2015.

Twitter: @dhaynestech



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