Participants like the structure and predictability
As it evolved, the method became increasingly mechanical for us to operate, and yet increasingly engaging for the participants. This was so much so that if we diverged from the method, the group would ask us to go back to it. So we learned to stay with the method consistently (and thought a lot about “automated facilitator support”.)
Sessions start quickly with low to no prep time
As “method operators” we did not need to know anything about the topic in advance (and the subject was sometimes changed at the start of the meeting). We found regularly that participants needed only a few minutes introduction to the method before we started capturing and organizing information in earnest.