The primary purpose of Pick-a-problem is to allow participants to practice responding to a range of problem scenarios that they are likely to experience in their own context. It helps them to practice in-the-moment, problem-solving skills. Participants are further afforded the chance to listen to others‘ proposed solutions and provide constructive feedback, which can help them generate new ideas on how to address such problems.
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- The success of this exercise relies on the quality and relevance of the problems. The facilitator should focus on writing scenarios that are possible to address, but just challenging enough not to have an ‘easy answer’. It should also be relevant to all the participants so that they can draw on their own knowledge and experience to imagine the situation.
- A variety of types of problems, relevant to the workshop outcomes, should be created.
- The facilitator can test their draft problem scenarios with a co-facilitator or colleague before the session, to check that the descriptions are clear and relevant.
- An AI tool such as ChatGPT can help them to (re-)write the scenarios in a clear and accessible way, without using jargon or terms that could exclude any participants who do not have prior knowledge of such terminologies.
This exercise summary draws from the practical experience of the database contributors.
- Participants can be requested to submit their own problem scenarios, prior to the session, for the facilitator to use. These may need some re-writing, to ensure each ‘problem‘ is clear and relevant to all participants.
- Instead of groups, participants can also work in pairs. This may allow more time for each participant to respond to (and give feedback to their counterpart) each scenario.