So you want to organise a #WhatisResearchOps workshop? Here’s how.

The #WhatisResearchOps global workshops and research initiative has grown to include 24 cities in 12 countries, and it’s taken on a life of its own. We’re now seeing people organise workshops almost independently of the community. Which is great! — we love enthusiasm — but we’d also love you to be a part of the wider team. So here’s more about that.

We’ve realised that as we’ve grown (we’re now 700+ members) we need to get better at communicating what we’re doing and how things work. #WhatisResearchOps is a global research effort with 12 thinkers and 27 organisers putting significant voluntary time and energy into making things happen. As a team, we’ve produced a guide for workshop organisers. If you want to organise a workshop, it‘ll give you lots of information about what that means.

And if you like what you see in the guide, here’s your next steps…

  1. First, get in touch with TeamReOps on Twitter or me, Kate, on Twitter or on Slack.
  2. We’ll arrange a short chat, just to say hello, find out what you’ve got in mind, and introduce you to the workshop guide and Trello analysis template.
  3. I’ll add you to the private #workshop-organisers channel on Slack and, once you’re sure you’re going ahead, to the list of countries taking part globally.
  4. You’ll be invited to take part in remote, global Q&A calls, and be able to share input on anything we produce and how things go down.
  5. If you want to be included in the global analysis, you’ll need to run your workshop by the end of June 2018.

The assets you’ll have access to

  1. Support of TeamReOps (a core team of 12) and 27 organisers all helping each other get stuff done and troubleshoot.
  2. A complete guide (and a template) for how to run a #WhatisResearchOps workshop. The guide has been developed by TeamReOps with feedback from organisers.
  3. Access to a Trello board so that you can submit workshop results to TeamReOps and be a part of the global analysis.
  4. Your workshop results will be part of the global research results and the assets we produce as a result.
  5. The assets will be shared with everyone, everywhere. It’s all open-source. As an organiser, you’ll be able to present your workshop results and the global results wherever you like. We’d love you to do that.
  6. You’ll be part of a fast-growing global community of people making a change in how research happens.

Not up for organising? Here’s how to take part anyway.

If you want to take part in a workshop and you’re not sure how, here’s a complete list of workshops taking place around the globe. Get in touch with your local organiser via the ResearchOps Community Slack.

If a workshop’s not happening in your city, there’s one of four options: 1. get one together yourself 2. convince someone else to do it! 3. get yourself to a city where a workshop is happening 4. we’re thinking about running a remote session or two; if that sounds interesting, let me know.