Agile Teams need to make small decisions frequently. Many teams experiment with majority rules and quickly discover that it’s a way to ensure a few team members feel ignored. Usually it’s the quiet people who get missed.
For Yes/No decisions both Fist of five and Decider protocol can work well. Dot voting is a tool for prioritizing among a group of items.
Why are Group Decision-making Techniques Important?
A Rebuttal of Groupthink
Other Resource Links:
- 27 Decision-making Techniques and Activities for Deciding Together
- Decision Making Systems Matter
- Delegation Matrix for High Performance Teams
- Four Quick Ways to Gain or Assess Team Consensus
- Learning with Fist of Five Voting
- Manifold’s Decision Making Process – elegant because it shows how to make decisions in differing contexts
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