90 Day Implementaries Workshop (LENS)

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Intent or purpose: 
To create implementaries for the first 90 days after the planning workshop and to become committed to the success of the plan.
Used as component of: 
This is the final workhop in a strategic planning process. It creates a timeline with actions for the next 3 months with assignments and other planning components
Recognizable Components: 
This is a ToP method
Types of Participants: 
Optimal amount of time needed: 
2 hours
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
timeline with assignments, activities, resources, etc. named and agreed to.
Level of participation: 
Ideal Conditions: 
Part of a 3 day workshop.
Potential Pitfalls: 
no commitment
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
The facilitator should be action oriented.
Setting and Materials: 
Worksheets need to be printed and a timeline wall up to 3 x 5 meters or yards.
Pre-Work Required: 
Normally this follows the vision, contradictions and proposals workshops of the LENS process.


1. This workshop is about implementation, about planning so that things get done. We are going to select actions that will be done over the next 90 days. Then we are going to design a process by which they are done.

2. What we mean by implementaries are an action that:

a. Has a clear description of what will happen.

b. Has a clear objective.

c. Has a beginning and ending date.

d. Has a person or persons who are responsible for it.

e. Where it will take place.

f. Lists what resources will be required to accomplish it.


Team Work

1. We will do implementaries for for these proposals by teams. Assign each proposal to a team.

a. Each team will review the proposal and brainstorm a list of possible actions,

b. Select the 2 ? 5 potentially most effective ones. They can be started in the next 90 days. The resources required are or can be made available. They will help in realizing the intent of the proposal. The facilitator can add to this list depending on the requirements of the group.

c. Fill in the implementaries card.

2. Pass out and explain the Cards. You have ____ minutes to do this.


3. Prepare a large wall where space for the implementaries can be placed (see the form). Have the teams put their forms on the wall at the intersection of the week it is begun and the proposal it is related to.

4. We would like to have each team walk through their reports. Please listen for effectiveness, overlap and conflicts. Have each team read their implementaries.

5. Will this accomplish the intent of the proposal?

6. Are there any points of content overlap between the implementaries? That is are any two or more doing the same thing?

7. If there is overlap, ask:

a. What is the overlap?

b. Should they be combined or parts of them combined?

8. Are there conflicts in terms of time? Be careful that most of the effort is at the end of the 90 days. If there are conflicts ask:

a. Which ones are in conflict?

b. Can any of them be moved earlier or later?

9. Do you see any conflicts in terms of use of resources? If there are conflicts in resources:

a. Where do we have flexibility with our resources?

b. Where are their places we can achieve what we want to get done with fewer resources?

10. Are there other places we need to look to be able to commit ourselves to this plan? Depending on the response to this the issues need to be resolved.

11. Ask representatives of the teams to make the changes in the cards that reflect the discussion.

12. Do we have agreement about the timeline and activities?


1. We want to spend a few minutes discussing what happened in this workshop.

2. What were some of the activities of the workshop?

3. What were some of the ideas?

4. What were some of the steps of the workshop?

5. What emotions were expressed?

6. What did you learn?

7. What in this process could you see yourself applying?

How flexible is the process?: 
Follow-Up Required: 
Normaly there is a follow-up workshop after 90 days
File attachments: 
Microsoft Office document icon 90_day_implementaries_workshop2.doc57.5 KB
Jon Jenkins
Derived from: 
This based on LENS, a ToP methods developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) in the early 1970's
Epistemological Framework: 
It is based ont he assumptions that creativity is found inside boundaries. It is constructionist in approach.
History of Development: 

The method was first created as a research tool for the 1972 Research Assembly of the ICA. Over the next couple of years it was taught as a course for families and later for business people. In 1974 the process developed in three different ways. It was used for town meetings in about 35 countries. It became a strategic planning process for businesses and other organizations and continues as such to this day. It was also used as the planning process of community development projects in about 30 contries.

Selected publications: 
0840361963 0865714703 097297640X 9076908028
Jenkins, Jon C. (1996). The International Facilitator?s Companion, digiTAAL, Groningen, The Netherlands, 1996<br> Spencer, L. (1989). Winning Through Participation, Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.<br> Stanfield, B. (2002), for The Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs, The Workshop Book: From Individual Creativity to Group Action, British Columbia: New Society Publishers. <br> <br>Wilson, P. H., Harnish, K. & Wright, J. (2003). The Facilitative Way, TeamTech Press, Shawnee Mission, KS.
License Model: 
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
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Helen J. Wythe & Associates Winnipeg Canada
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
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Helen J. Wythe & Associates Winnipeg Canada
Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
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ICA Associates, Inc. Toronto, Ontario Canada