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Park Bench Panel Discussion – The concept
A Park Bench Panel discussion has in common with a normal panel discussion that it provides a good way for experts to spend some time answering direct questions from the audience. The audience gets to know the experts in a way that is only possible in person and the expert gets a little more exposure to the questions among the audience.
A Park Bench Panel discussion provides something more.
During a Park Bench Panel Discussion, everyone in the audience can join the panel.
Four chairs are provided for each Park Bench Panel Discussion. At the start of the discussion, three chairs are taken by the three expert speakers of the last few hours. One chair is left open. The Park Bench Panel Discussion Leader will introduce some basic rules for the session. The first rule is that anyone in the audience can join the panel, taking the empty chair available. As soon as the empty chair is taken by someone in the audience, one of the current complement of panelists will have to vacate their chair so that there is always exactly one empty chair.
You can ask questions, whilst remaining seated in the audience, but anyone who wishes to express an opinion, will have to stand up, join the panel, by taking the empty chair. The Park Bench Panel Discussion Leader will ensure people adopt the method and that no one on the panel overstays their due time. Anyone is welcome to rejoin the panel should they find renewed interest in the conversation.
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Gojko is a partner at Neuri Consulting LLP. He is the winner of the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award. Gojko's book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the Best Book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best outline publication in 2010. Gojko is a frequent speaker at software development conferences, including NDC, Agile Days, Oredev, and YOW!, and is one of the authors of MindMup and Claudia.js.