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Submitted by TomW on


I've just finished re-listening to the Hot Wash podcast since I have a string of them coming up and I wanted to refresh my memory.

The question I'm running into is how to handle hot washes with projects for only 1 to 3 people on them. The podcast mentioned a large flip pad (I'm imagining it on easel) and what sounds like a little bit of showmanship that seemed geared towards a larger group.

Should I modify the process any for a 1-3 person team?

WillDuke's picture
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I've done 'em for small teams. The flipboard is still a good idea. What else can you write on that everyone can see?

Just do it in a smaller room. :)

TomW's picture
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[quote="WillDuke"]I've done 'em for small teams. The flipboard is still a good idea. What else can you write on that everyone can see?[/quote]

That's kind of what I was trying to figure out. I feel a little dumb with a flipboard with two people in a small room (I know, I know, I'm not paid to do what I want....) ;-)

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I have used a small meeting room with two whiteboards for a hotwash. We had a supplemental flip pad in case we ran out of board space, but with it being a small project, that wasn't an issue. One advantage of using the flip pad all the time is that your notes are self documenting. Be absolutely sure to copy notes before you erase. And, erase the board when you leave.

I've used the same arrangement for brainstorming with a group of five. From a practical standpoint, the white board worked well for both purposes.

Both processes are more influenced by your leadership than by the tools you use.


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I think I may have mentioned this before, but just in case I didn't...

The easiest way to document the contents of a whiteboard is to find that old obsolete digital camera that you no longer use and bring it to the office. Take a picture of the board, and e-mail the JPG to meeting participants afterwards. Far easier than copying down the contents of a board into a notebook. Far cheaper than "higher-tech" solutions.

In a pinch, a camera phone can work just fine. :)


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I've used paper from our Plotter. The paper comes on rolls 36" wide and however long you want it to be. Lay it out across the table and start writing on it. Everyone sitting around the table can see it, touch it, and write on it if they want. - Let us know how it goes.