I’d like to go on a slight tangent
Quick raise of hands, how many here have heard the phrase “making decisions by committee is a bad idea”?
Decision by committee is typically inefficient, because if not everyone agrees, negotiations happen and compromises are made, or even worse, you end up implementing everyone’s ideas. Either way, it often produces poor results.
Most times we want consensus, it’s because we want buy-in from all the stakeholders, but consensus and buy-in aren’t the same things either. Typically, we can get buy-in as long as people feel heard and that their comments are addressed. That’s not saying they have to agree.
So how can we make decisions that follow our values?
1. Open in this case means that as many people as possible can see it and have the option to provide feedback. The smallest change possible, because it can easily be changed back if needed.
The person making the revised proposal may not be the same person as the one who made the initial proposal.
And by cycle, I mean, someone can open a new proposal for further changing, or building on, what’s been implemented. There may be a point where the person responsible says there won’t be further changes for now, but more often, there is a new initial proposal to improve what’s been done, iterating on the results.
This is a generalized process of course, so the order of steps might differ, some steps may not apply, and the amount of time spent on each step definitely varies. For example, feedback might only require a single person, and if they accept, revisions may not be needed. So the whole decision making process from start to finish might be less than an hour.
The important thing is that while we recognize the importance of gathering data and feedback, the person doing the work or the approver makes the decision.
Okay, I know that was a lot already, but that’s probably the meatiest one, and decision making touches on all the values. For now, let’s move on.