How to Find the Real Need with Socratic Questioning - Building Business Capability


Kent McDonald

How to Find the Real Need with Socratic Questioning


Thursday, October 22, 2020


8:00 am


A common piece of advice is that your team should discover the true need of your project. Unfortunately advice on how to make that happen isn’t as prevalent. In this session you’ll learn about a simple technique to get to the core of what your stakeholders need that has been around for over 2000 years – Socratic questioning.

Join Kent McDonald as he walks you through a technique aimed at uncovering the (not intentionally) hidden need that your stakeholders are trying to satisfy, without asking “why?” five times in a row. Kent describes the questions, why they work and in what context they work based on his experience with IT organizations and the Agile Alliance. You’ll then have a chance to consider how to use socratic question for a real life situation..
Come learn about this technique so you can use it back at the office to drive toward the right outcome.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what socratic questioning is
  • Learn how to identify your stakeholders needs using socratic questioning
  • Determine when Socratic question is an appropriate technique to use||

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