Facilitation method libraries to suit every mood

May 30, 2013 | by Sarah B. Nelson
May 30, 2013

I’m a methods nerd. Does this surprise you? I’m a methods nerd but not so much of one that I have carefully documented and archived every method I’ve used or come across. Happily, some folks from various disciplines have been developing methods libraries to share with their constituents. Some of these databases are really useful for those of us in design!

The International Association of Facilitators Methods Database
The IAF is the regulating body for professional facilitators. This database gathers a number of methods together and can be updated by members. Since it’s for facilitation, you can expect to see more methods that would be useful in design discovery, visioning, and strategy. Many of them are also useful when trying to untangle clients and teams.

People and Participation Methods Library
When these folks say participation, they mean participation in community, government and urban planning projects. That said, it does include a number of relevant tools for us, like customer journeys and action planning. While there aren’t a lot of methods, each one seems pretty well documented, including pros and cons, and cost.

Service Design Tools
This library is the most relevant to folks here. They’ve done a nice job of documenting methods and organizing them by design activities, audience, content, and physical artifacts.

Added May 30, 2013:

Games Wiki from Gamestorming
The folks who wrote Gamestorming have started a Wiki with different types of games used in creative collaboration. You can add yours and see what others are doing.

What libraries have you come across?


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