System Safety Conference
30 Aug - 03 Sept 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Minneapolis, MN USA
The "Just-In-Time" (JIT) sessions are reserved for the discussion of impromptu topics that are driven by the interests of participants. These sessions are based on the "open-space" concept described at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open Space Technology
Just In Time!!
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During the first just-in-time session of the conference week, all attendees will be invited to propose a topic for discussion. Anyone can pick up a marker and sheet of paper from tables positioned in various locations of the room to write down the title of a topic - for example, "What is the relationship between safety and quality?.” With a wireless microphone in hand, you will then have approximately 30 seconds or so to explain the topic to the rest of the plenary and what you would like to learn from others about this topic. Your "topic sheet" will then be posted on the wall.
At the end of this session, we will give each attendee five stick-on dots that they can use to vote for their preferred topics. A select number (TBD) of topics that have the most votes will be chosen for discussion during the just-in-time sessions.
Each topic will be assigned a separate meeting room equipped with markers and a flip chart. There will be a host in each room to help facilitate the discussion of each topic. During both of these two final just-in-time sessions, conference attendee can join the discussion of any one of the selected topics.
During the just-in-time session, you can stay with one topic throughout the session or you can float from one topic to another until you find a discussion that truly interests you.
The just-in-time sessions are intended to promote real dialogue between conference attendee as well as encourage cross-pollination between disciplines. Instead of just spending all of your time at the conference listening to prepared presentations following a preset agenda, the just-in-time sessions will allow you to engage others in the topics with new thinking, constructive criticism and problem solving. The organizing team is excited about this innovative addition to our annual conference. We are looking forward to being a part of this interaction and tapping into the knowledge and wisdom about system safety brought to the conference by all attendees.