JamOslo hosted one of the mini jams during an awesome JamJam 2013 with members of the jam community from around the globe—Alex Asensi once again sprinkled greatness by making a video from the session… enjoy!
Ceremony and Ritual can be an important and conscious platform to imprint a Jam with memorable energy and output. It can be FUN.
These ideas represent a collective effort from previous Jam experiences that can greatly improve the possibility for FABulous outcomes.
Idea: Yummy Openings
Research, choose and confirm a funky Friday night dinner with a focus on the experience of sharing food together. The menu could fuel and openly display experimentation and discovery. Scheduled breakfasts on both Saturday and Sunday are also strongly recommended.
How does it work: Do the homework up front both on the venue and menu, as well as how the financials work (sponsor paid vs. self-serve paying). You won’t regret these efforts nor the outcomes they produce.
Why: Yummy Openings provide a non-threatening platform for socializing and building trust. Invest in these activities and make them as obvious as they are casual.
When: Friday night. Saturday morning. Sunday Morning.
Idea: Shake Your Rump-pah
Music is the one thing that makes us connect in an instant. Brand your Jam with a single sound that brings Jammers back to the middle between Jamming sessions. Jamming to a funk, soul or rock-n-roll beat is all that much more fun!
How does it work: Create playlists for each day and for between main Jam sessions.
Why: Music during Jamming sessions increases flow, and acceleration, emphasizing that Jamming is a contact sport.
When: All. The. Time. Encourage others to share playlists of songs as a part of their prototypes build or presentation. Noises such as
rubber chicken squeaks, gongs or bells will remind people throughout the 48 hours to Play Seriously.
Idea: Spontaneous Combustions
These are special sessions which should appear spontaneous (but the framework has been pre-jammed) where two Jam-Hosts showcase a tool, like Bodystorming or Co-creation. They don’t lecture about it, they show how it us done – to emphasize a key Jam philosophy of “Doing, Not Talking”.
How Does it Work: These warm-up sessions could combine hosts’ combined background, passion and add a local reference-point (historical, location-based or unknown local trivia)
Why: First Impressions are everything. And leading by example is the most effective way to quickly convince people of a common sense of urgency.
When: Spontaneous Combustions should be coordinated for the beginning, middle and end of your Jam.
As soon as possible, we should get your Jam online.
This means we add you to the Global Jam web site—so people in your area can see you and join your Jam—and to the Organiser’s Basecamp—so you can share ideas and resources with other hosts.
So please don’t delay—even before you have your team—write to us and we will get you online!
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How they work… circuit breakers are used to disrupt no–fun situations. A circuit breaker can be any number of things, such as:
- A fun interlude or distraction.
- Facilitated resolution—have the Jam Doctor or another jammer mediate a resolution. Who can be an expert to solve a question/ problem a team works on?
- Role reversal/ mirroring—get each person to present the other persons point of view.
- Third party critiques—have other jammers offer appraisals, advice or make a decision.
- Tools like the Nudge Cards on the Organiser’s Basecamp platform.
- Props such as wigs, funny hats or rubber chickens can lighten the mood and remind Jammers that we are here to Jam…
- Jam Roulette—swap a problem person out of their group and into another to see if their behaviour improves.
- Changing the environment/ rotating facilities, even just a few minutes of fresh air or offering a playful ‘hands on activity’ in between can help getting different perspectives on something.
- Encourage the team to stop talking and start doing. They should leave the verbal channel and find a way to solve differences by doing—either by testing ideas, or finding a playful way to decide.
- Ask about the ‘+’ and ‘–’ of ideas to find out where the thoughts lead to.
- Find the 3 best aspects on what you last worked on to carry on.
- A red card—if all else fails, you should ask the problem person to leave the jam. Ask for positive achievements the teams already made.
When: make sure circuit breakers are used when the incident is occurring. Delayed responses can seem out of context and confusing for everyone.
If you use the Business Model Canvas—or even if you don’t, you might find this overview of a Jam useful. By the way, the Business Model Canvas would be a great tool to use in your Jam…
- Customer segments: who is your Jam targeted towards?
- Relationship: how do you want to interact with your Jammers: shared ownership, facilitating, free training, masterclass …
- Channels: how to reach your audience
- Partnerships: who can help you organize your local Jam + who wants to be associated with the Global and local Jam? E.g., sponsors, local contributers, location, companies …
- Key activities: what are your activities during a Jam? What does the local host provide for the Jammers: e.g., food, speakers, mentoring …
- Key resources: what does the local host provide? Material, location, knowledge, experience …
- Value Proposition: what value do you offer to your stakeholders? E.g., jammers, local community…
- Costs: what does it cost to organize a jam? Time & money…
- Revenues: what will you get out of a jam?
The customer journey map is an oriented graph that describes the journey of a user by representing the different touchpoints that characterize his interaction with the service.
In this kind of visualization, the interaction is described step by step as in the classical blueprint, but there is a stronger emphasis on some aspects as the flux of information and the physical devices involved.
At the same time there is a higher level of synthesis than in the blueprint: the representation is simplified trough the loss of the redundant information and of the deepest details.