A focus of our 2015 Strategic Plan is to concentrate on enhancing quality in everything we do at Stanford White. The first step was to create a meaningful quality policy that could be owned by each member of our team. How do you do that? Well, we turned to Dr. Edward Marshall, a business consultant, to assist us with a collaborative approach aimed at gathering feedback and buy-in from our staff. We utilized a meta-planning session as a visual technique for collecting ideas amongst a group. By its simplest definition meta-planning accomplishes two things: it answers a question and builds consensus. This brainstorming process began by everyone in the group writing down ideas, with each thought residing on an individual card (in our case a sticky note). We then each presented our sticky notes to the group and pasted them on the wall. Each idea was then processed and organized into categories, which amazingly presented a new collective and collaborative result of which individuals would otherwise not be aware. Through this day long meta-planning session, we were able to craft a quality policy that speaks to us all, as a group and as individuals. Pretty cool stuff!