Symposium 2000 Survey
Total Number of Respondents (N):
Friday, April 07, 2000
What type of organization do you represent?
1. DOD Consulting and Technical Services firm for Industry and
Government. (I tried to submit by selecting Corporation but the logic
function kept failing me for this question and not allowing the survey
to be submitted ... so I tried h vice a)
2. I work for CSC (a corporation), but my services are contracted to
NASA (federal government).
3. The Analytic Services, Inc. (a.k.a., ANSER) is a
not for profit public service research institute.
type of work do you do?
solutions provider looking at including GroupSystems as part of core
service offering to clients and as an internal resource
sales of GS
4. I've begun to refer to myself as a "Decision
Coach & Group Facilitator"
you attended GroupSystems Users Conferences in the past?
4. This Symposium met my expectations.
you like to attend a Symposium next year?
was the most beneficial aspect of this Symposium and why?
1. Real experiences shared by experienced people.
Much more emphasis on processes using what we have not dangling
expectation for new products about to come out.
It was very valuable to see how to incorporate value added
software packages to enhance our overall capability to provide value
added meeting/process management.
to present; it energized me to research, explore, and try out coaching
with people who mostly are new to the topic; and Brice's presentation
which I found tremendously inspirational.
opportunity to learn processes and techniques from the presentations and
to other users, their issues, approaches and product recommendations.
how others creatively use GroupSystems to address clients' needs.
Meeting other practitioners.
on nature of some of the presentations.
the flexibility of the system in a real corporate environment and
networking with other attendees for education in best business practice
and possible cooperative project activity. Also hearing first hand the
future directions of the software houses to ensure capital investment is
correctly focused on the right systems and will be rewarded by real
8. Networking with colleagues
beneficial to me was to see how the software was used to support
different processes and achieving different desired outcomes. Actually, I didn't see this very often. In many of the workshops I attended, there was more time
spent on the content of the effort, than the process of the effort.
I would like to see more process and software use.
10. Meeting people, sharing experiences, and learning
how other people are solving some of the problems that I have faced.
This also gave me an opportunity to compare my office with what
other people are doing - benchmarking can be very helpful.
11. -Dialoging with others on ways to market and use GroupSystems
- Learning ways to get more energy into the process.
- Learning ways to take care of the human-side.
the presentations and the networking because we are able to
discuss our work with others. Most
of us work in isolation and this is a good way to check out how and what
we are doing..
liked having multiple tracks, so I could observe the best parts of all
conversations with other users were very helpful. I brought back with me more information than I had planned on
15. The group discussions during the sessions were
new ideas from others. Usually they aren't ground breaking ideas, they
just hadn't occurred to me. It helps break the rut of doing things the
same way every session.
17. Contacts made and hearing about how a variety of
technology tools are being applied throughout organizations.
18. Networking with others in the same profession
to network with other FTF facilitators.
the people face to face
the fact that it was tool-independent, allowed us to talk about other
technologies and approaches.
to meet with other practitioners and see what they are doing.
23. Listening and learning from my fellow
practitioners offered the most benefit to me.
The free exchange of ideas and suggested "lessons learned
& best practices" raises the bar for all w/in our industry.
This helps everyone better assist clients.
24. I think there was a wonderful balance at the
symposium. A WONDERFUL
speaker to get the creative juices flowing; opportunities to interact
with others in the same field; attending presentations with specific
examples of how they are working with group software.
I thought you did a great job!
sessions or types of sessions were the most beneficial and why?
have to say all of the sessions I attended were equally valuable.
as 6 + J Harvey
of practical techniques.
ones that discussed tangible results of what tasks they faced and how
they accomplished them using the tools of this trade.
that used GroupSystems--especially ARL's presentation. Others that really got into how the tools were used were
good, too, especially Peter, Bob, and Mark on budgeting.
on nature. It was
interesting to see how various folks used GS and to experience how they
7. Integration of GroupSystems with MS Project as
Project is a core piece of software for running my business on a
day-to-day basis and by adding GS it could release enormous potential
within the workforce, deliverables and focus of activity.
8. Jerry Harvey was a great keynote speaker.
Practical applications of GS seem to be the most beneficial
coaching session was by far the best session in my opinion.
While I felt a different tool should have been used (since the
one in use is no longer available or desired,) it was easy to determine
an adequate replacement software for the activities of the session.
The facilitators new how to "energize" the group and
through active participation, shared the process of coaching with a
10. Learning about new tools to use in conjunction
with GroupSystems. Often
GroupSystems doesn't have the specialized tools needed for unique
sessions that had interesting tools were:
Robert J. Beard "Creating an Information Map
Using ThemeScape and Categorizer"
Dr. Money an "Project Planning with GroupSystems,
CPTeam and MS Project"
Peter Beck, Robert Beard and Mark MacDonald
"Resource Allocation: Integrating GroupSystems, Team Expert Choice
and Equity to Effectively and Efficiently Make Difficult Group
Groups and Individuals with Collaborative Meeting Technology"
Learned ways to take care of the human-side and how to get more
energy into the process utilizing GroupSystems.
ones that resemble the kinds of work that we do - that is, the coaching
one, the emergency operations, consulting.
enjoyed John Lesko's presentation.
me, it was the presentations on tools to complement the Group System's
Software. We are always
looking for ways to make our meetings more powerful.
15. Didn't know that there were different types...
But, I liked the sessions that allowed for some REAL use of the
systems followed by discussion of the results.
of other tools with GroupSystems
17. Those which outlined the variety of tools used
throughout organizations and the application of those tools in a new or
to" sessions such as the one on GroupSystems, Expert Choice (AHP),
and Equity; and Bob Briggs' "thinklets".
Good food for thought and good techniques to apply to my work.
19. 1. serious and informed presentations on any
aspect of GS applications
2. the key note presentation was also for me very good value -
and of course very funny.
Brice's session on the Teen Think Tanks, great to see the application of
collaborative technology with kids.
Also like the PWC session on the consulting use of GS, this is a
very relevant organizational implementation for me.
Briggs session on the 'Thinklets' was also good.
on examples of using GS and other tools in innovative ways.
The keynote speaker was great.
22. Your format was very good.
Allowing for "give & take" and or
"Q&A" in smaller sessions is ideal for the learning and
sharing outlined in my answer to question 6 above.
was very interesting and even though expensive, shows the future of our
work and how it can move even faster. Export to Microsoft Project was
wonderful, I have attempted this in the past and had to stop for lack of
time to develop the solution but still had to spend (waste) group time
displaying Project on the front screen and modifying the timeline.
would you like us to repeat next time?
I would like to see a third day added where the sessions most
requested could be repeated. There
were at least five sessions which I could not attend due to other
sessions I deemed more crucial for me to attend. At the end of Day one and two you could provide a sign-up
sheet for attendees to express interest is seeing sessions they were
unable to attend.
welcoming, Ease of getting information and registering.
Good food, and easy access to good food at breaks.
Good room configurations and setups. Support; helpfulness,
availability, and friendliness of all the helpers.(The names I remember
include JR, Tayler, Sheryl, Sue, Sue's husband -- Thank you) Office for
working and locking up our equipment.
of practical techniques.
4. See 7.
May want to define clear tracks based on the feedback you get
here. I'd like to concentrate on clear experience presentations and not
ones that increased my skill levels or awareness (like coaching
techniques). I need (at this point) a better understanding of what folks
have had issues with in using the tools of the trade.
Any distributed oriented applications would be
acceptable as well - the hands-on would not have to be distributed, but
the distributed applications could be simulated in the room.
7. 2 day
format was good with the additional registration time. Networking breaks
were timed about right although most attendees this year were from
Federal Depts so not as attractive for business prospecting for
business-to-business corporates like ourselves. Would probably like to
see an end of conference social activity so that attendees don't just
liked the two days (versus one or three days) and I enjoyed the session
opening to set the stage for those two days.
9. The excellent food and service by the hotel was a
crowning touch - If you can afford to do that and keep the price
The variety and quality of speakers was excellent.
The sessions with the middle school children were
great. These kinds of
sessions help to get me to think outside of my personnel box.
Groups and Individuals with Collaborative Meeting Technology"
"How to Utilize GroupSystems in Training Programs
---this is a different slant than Alan Weatherall presented.
This takes GroupSystems to the next level.
I would be interested in presenting as I my goal this year is to
integrate GroupSystems with Training.
place was very nice and accommodating - repeat the same or better.
The spaces between the presentations were very good with long
breaks. The speakers were
should be on:
The use of GroupSystems
New/possible thrusts/research related to GroupSystems
Facilitation techniques or experiments
Management research that might be of interest to our community
social gathering on the first day which gave us all time to talk about
what we do and how we can do it better.
14. SYSTEMS, SYSTEMS, SYSTEMS
15. Lots of networking time
during the afternoon break
16. Networking sessions
to" and "Lessons Learned" sessions.
18. As many serious and informed presentations on any
aspect of GS applications
as possible. Any financial
benefits would be particularly useful.
broader representation of EMS groupware tools-- MeetingWorks, Consensus@nyware,
20. Multi-tracked presentations allow for choice and
variety. Repeat this format
next time ... Consider enriching this with either a round-robin or panel
discussion at the end of a session / track.
caliber speaker, presenters who give real example of what they have
should we NOT do next time?
GroupSystems.com have any more presence.
Bob Brigg's presentation was fun and informative - and it was
good to see him and discuss various issues regardless of whether they
directly involved GroupSystem.com or not.
raise the price -- less expensive would be better.
presenters to show up on time. (One presenter showed up 10 minutes late
and took almost another 10 to set up ... and he was one of the more
In pitches with multiple presenters, get them to
coordinate better and stay on topic and time slots. Got cheated out of
the meat of two presenters because the lead off one allowed himself to
get pulled off track.
not feed us so MUCH!
that are purely viewgraphs with no hands-on.
modules should be 1.5 hours max and speakers should be strongly
recommended to include more 'hands on' activity in sessions. Useful if
the sessions were streamed and maybe graded to allow attendees to assess
appropriateness of sessions to their own needs.
specific but I think you could share with presenters that sometimes a
person wants to observe a process, not participate.
I got much more from one session by doing just that, but I had to
"insist" that I did not want to sit with the group up front, I
just wanted to sit back and observe.
Sometimes facilitators are too anxious to include everyone.
At a seminar, it is important for participants to choose a
learning style that best suits them and that is not *always* through
8. I would like to see GroupSystems.Com have a
presence at the next Symposium. I
was hopping to learn more about their online tools. Though, I think it was good having someone else running the
to find a way so we can attend all the sessions (may be impossible) we
presentations on the use of other software--even though our organization
has that other software (and others) and we have been trained on it, we
still find that GS is superior for 99.9% of the time, and not worth the
trouble of relearning software for the remaining 0.1%.
11. Everything was so great, I can't think of anything
you should not do.
12. Have long sessions (almost mini-training courses)
in parallel. Shorter
sessions, maybe of 30 minutes, could extract the main points of most of
the presentations. Or maybe
ask the people giving the long sessions to also give a 30 minute
It is impressive from some viewpoints to have lots of
parallel sessions and choice, but it is also in many was frustrating.
14. I honestly cannot think of anything this team did
that could be labeled a "failure" or a "don't do this
again" item. Well
would you like the next Symposium to be held?
|Washington DC, Marriott
|Washington DC, Other
enjoyed coming to the Washington area.
Perhaps we could have a golf day next time.
(in Feb or Mar) is best; second choice would be somewhere in the warm
south. ....and the presentations would be better, if we had one big
3. The Westfield Center was VERY nice but possibly a
bit pricey? Of course, I'm
just a small-town boy from NH who still pinches pennies. I'm a gov't worker now for pete's sake. You'd think I would be able to spend some cash, especially
I'm probably the minority here though, so ignore me.
4. Be able to draw individuals from a variety of
organizations (both public and private) and from a multitude of
'bout Atlanta or Nashville? The OpryLand Hotel in Nashville is one of
the largest convention hotels in the world.
6. The only snag with the Westfields was the need to
drive for about 45 minutes to the nearest restaurant (allowing that is
time to get lost on the way).
(I wanted to enter Washington DC other and add a text
comment, but it wouldn't let me. If
you put in a text comment then it insists you choose option e as one of
your two choices. )
7. I do think you need to see what the plan is for the
GS conference; if it is
going to be held in Tucson or west coast, then I would stay with
Washington...you have a large user community and it's a fairly easy
place to get to, including the International attendees.
Westfield's was a good conference style location, more relaxing
than most business hotels. If
GroupSystems comes East, you may need to rethink the location issue. If
I were GS, I would stay west or rotate the conference among cities...my
recommendation to you for ftf is to stay in Washington.
Consider alternative executive conference centers such as the Airlie
Institute and/or Landsdowne. Both
within the greater Washington DC area and accessible to an airport for
those needed to fly in. Also
close enough for sponsors to "lug equipment to", etc., etc.
I'd imagine your demographics place most decision coaches,
facilitators, and consultants in the mid-Atlantic region.
Keep this on the east coast, thank you.
time of year should the next Symposium be held?
|Spring (Mar, Apr, May)
|Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
|Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
|Fall (Sep, Oct, Nov)
Great job! incorporate
the ability to repeat requested sessions and you'll have one of the best
symposiums I've ever attended (in 25 years of attending IT related
2. Make the first names on the name tags much larger
so they are easier to see.
and would be interested in giving pitches next year.
paradox guy was wonderful--very entertaining and gave us things to talk
about during early networking times.
5. Looks good! Just
testing again -- JR
6. More use of the systems could have been done.
Several sessions did not use the technology.
Some only had topic commentor open for on-line questions, but then
didn't have time to look at the questions.
The best session for interactivity that I was able to attend was
the biological simulation one by the Army.
Briggs's didn't look bad, but the stations were full when I
I think some more thought needs to be done about how
this type of symposium could be more effective for the attendees.
For example, you could use GS remote to solicit comments from
future attendees on the sessions they feel are most useful - before you
accepted the sessions....also I think you could have gotten a great deal
of information from the community by opening up all three rooms (or at
least one) at the end of the first and second day for comments about how
the symposium is proceeding.
7. It was
a great pleasure to attend - the ambience was fantastic and the
information sharing invaluable. THANK YOU.
10 - Specifically Washington, DC, not the DC area.
9. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Regarding my response to question 10 (I checked both
DC answers): I am from the DC area so this location was great.
I am open to traveling to other parts of the country to help share
the wealth, though
include a segment on how to market GroupSystems into your organization
job!! Had a great time!
Learned a lot! You need to direct the action in the rooms to take advantage
of the GroupSystems in the rooms - like introducing people - getting
feedback on the system as the presentations occur -makes the event more
cohesive. Jerry Harvey was a
great main speaker - but where were the GroupSystems.com folks?
conference was super!!!!
Job! I enjoyed every second
of it! I can't wait until
14. Can I bring my system next time?
BTW - This is Sam Barnes - you got my info.
15. Maybe a constant technology tool that is available
to the participants during the conference to allow for running dialogue
and lessons learned to be captured. Create
some sort of a town hall wall which could include surveys evaluating each
of the sessions in addition to a running dialoge or chat room (which would
be captured and delivered to the group after the conference is over).
On the whole, great job!!!!
16. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the symposium, and
would welcome the opportunity to work with you in the future.
The facility was superb, and the luncheons were exquisite.
The networking was valuable, and I learned new uses of the
GroupSystems tool. Overall,
this conference was top-notch!
response to Q11 should be qualified as "the March-April timeframe,
only if GroupSystems does not have a similar event in that
timeframe." This is a budget consideration to get the time and travel
approved by our primary customer who happens to be a government agency.
[Sue, I'm curious.... was this survey done using
GroupSystems survey? I have not used the Internet version lately. Does it
take care of the background colors for you? This survey has a nice
appearance. Brice Marsh ]
18. End March is the perfect time.
Something on GS Online would be interesting - maybe by
next year there will be something to say!
Could more formally extend the scope to cover wider
ftf technology (maybe with demos).
Provide copies of presentations to all presenters.
I would really like a copy of some of the presentations that I
is good, stay opposite whatever GS does to give us two conferences/year.
April will be a little warmer!
I'd add a main tent session on day 2 in the morning,
and also a closing session on day 2 to bring everyone together.
Thx for inviting me!! See you next year! (DSGA)
20. RE:Q5 ... Will I likely attend / participate next
year ... Yes. I truly look
forward to it ... I hope to have another presentation / paper to share.
RE:Q11 ... I think summer is a good season for such
symposia because our schedules seem to slow with the arrival of summer.
Client demand is lower in the summer (and, for that matter, during
the winter holidays). Since
my preference is that you keep the Face-to-Face Technology series on the
east coast, the milder weather seems to call for late-spring or summer as