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Working backwards to achieve greater impact

Usually when we start a project, we start at the beginning and move forward, but here’s an interesting approach used by Amazon that turns that on its head. In this episode, we’re exploring the Working backwards approach.  Imagine that enablers of change like us began their projects by writing down a vivid, farmer-centric outcome. This approach, known as Amazon’s “working backwards” method, involves drafting a mock press release. This… Read more »Working backwards to achieve greater impact

Is co-design the same as co-innovation?

In previous episodes we’ve talked about the value of co-innovation, but how is this different from a co-design approach? In this episode, we’re going to explore the similarities and differences between these concepts, and then propose a model for collaborative project management. It’s a longer episode, but we’d love to hear your feedback about the ideas we’re proposing!  Co-innovation is a systems-based approach to facilitating practice change. It has… Read more »Is co-design the same as co-innovation?

How to better understand our target audience

We recently posted about designing an effective extension program and as part of that we talked about the need to understand our target audience. Today we thought it would be good to explore what that meant. Where would we start? In this post we are going back to basics and exploring what we can discover about our target audience, often without even needing to speak with them. Let’s start… Read more »How to better understand our target audience

How can you predict the rate of adoption?

Have you ever wondered as you’ve started a new extension project, just how many farmers will end up using the practice you’re promoting? It’s a great question because the ultimate goal of extension is change, and often it is about the adoption of a new practice or tool.  So how on earth would you work this out? Where would you start? In this episode we’re going to tell you… Read more »How can you predict the rate of adoption?

Use checklists and sleep better at night!

Are you busy running so many activities that when you try to go to sleep at night, you get a nagging feeling that maybe you forgot to do something really important for tomorrow’s big event? In today’s post we’re going to explore checklists and how they can benefit us as enablers of change. John loves checklists! He finds them incredibly useful and, better still, they really do help him… Read more »Use checklists and sleep better at night!

Top 10 tips for better time management

In this post we’re talking all about time management and we’re going to share the top ten practical tips that actually work for us. There’s lots of other lists of time management practices, but many of those haven’t worked for us… perhaps they’re a bit too rigid or in some cases simplistic. So we’re going to share with you what works for us.  Of course we acknowledge that time… Read more »Top 10 tips for better time management

Save your project from failing by using a pre-mortem

Did you know that 70% of projects fail, as they don’t produce the planned deliverables on time or within budget. Yet a simple question at the start of a project can dramatically improve its success. Today we’re going to explore… the pre-mortem.  We’ve all heard about a post-mortem, where a physician examines a corpse to discover the likely cause of death. But what on earth is a pre-mortem?  Well let’s… Read more »Save your project from failing by using a pre-mortem