What is meant by it?

DAD will make it easy for the individuals to be able to find better solutions to complex problems by discovering different practices. It will also stimulate each participant’s creativity that will help in solving the problem.

How is it done?

You can begin this organizational structure by inviting people to join the group who would want to solve a complex problem. You will then be asking them seven questions related to how they would solve the problem. This meeting will take place in a local place and the groups can either be standing or sitting. Each participant will be given a paper and flipchart. The facilitator shall state the purpose of this meeting for 5 minutes and then will begin DAD by asking the seven questions which will be answered by the participants. Everyone can note down the ideas and insights.

What are its purposes?

It will help people to find solutions for difficult problems and inspire people to engage in solving complex problems. You would also learn how to work with people and build a relationship with them when trying to solve a problem.

What are its Tips and Traps?

For this liberating structure, your question 2 would be dealing with how a particular problem affects one person individually and how it affects other people as well. You should also try to make impromptu invitations for people to participate in the DADs. Make sure that people are in a comfortable environment. Encourage the participants to speak and share their stories so that they can come up with a solution. Don’t use statements such as “this is a good idea” and let the participants assess themselves; however, don’t let them judge themselves too harshly.

Examples – Where can it be used?

DAD is a liberating structure which can be used for several project management programs such:

  • To help the public in solving a severe issue together.
  • To reduce the harm done to patients because of wrong surgeries, medications, etc.
  • To help in building professional competency.
  • To find the solution to a tough challenge.

— Slimane Zouggari