Agile teams meet constantly. For some teams some of the time, decisions seem to emerge like magic - more nuanced and complete than any individual team member could have done. 

Too often, however, the meeting process feels like walking through deep mud. The team struggles with minor wording issues, or dominant personalities control the conversation while others feel bored and frustrated, or participants try to control the outcome of the meeting by scheming beforehand, and so forth. 

The factors that make a team effective are not particularly clear. Level of education of the team members, gender balance, age mixture, experience and expertise, venue, and other usual demographic factors don't seem to correlate. The only factors that seem to matter are equal voice and "framework intelligence," a combination of "emotional intelligence" and "perceptive intelligence." The latter refers to the ability to be aware of and manage the way assumptions and partial information influence and limit one's understanding of reality - and therefore limit one's ability to collaborate. Good listeners typically have good perceptive intelligence. 

Several of the elements of an egalitarian governance system called sociocracy support equal voice and framework intelligence. In this way, they support agile decision making. This session will interactively demonstrate several of those methods:

  • Awareness of blind spots
  • Both-and thinking
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Consent with your body
  • Learning to estimate
  • Use silence
  • Be a super-organism - like an octopus
  • Do rounds

Participants will have an opportunity to practice these methods by electing someone to a role and responsibilities using the consent election process.

 

 

 

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

1. Basics of decision making

2. What makes effective teams?

3. Blind spot exercise

4. Both-and thinking exercise

5. Short exercises illustrating

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Consent with your body
  • Learning to estimate
  • Use silence
  • Be a super-organism - like an octopus
  • Use rounds

6. Apply concepts using consent-based election for table representative

7. Wrap up

(NOTE: I CAN GIVE THIS PRESENTATION IN 45 MINUTES IF NECESSARY. I WOULD SIMPLY NOT COVER AS MANY OF THE CONCEPTS LISTED IN PART 5 OF THE OUTLINE ABOVE)

 

Learning Outcome

1. Participants will experience eight methods that make meetings effective.

2. Participants will practice or witness those methods applied in an exercise where they elect someone by consent

Target Audience

Anyone interested in learning how teams can meet consistently in an Agile way

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