CAJ 057 – Decision-Making for your Agile Team

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In the journey towards an agile organization, leaders attempt to grant “more autonomy” to teams. This means teams now have more choices and decisions to make. Most people don’t even consider that making a decision in a group setting has many nuances. How will we decide? Does group decision making mean everything must be a consensus? Who might have final say? By whom and how can a decision be overridden? Won’t chaos or confusion ensue if we give people too many decisions to make?

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In the journey towards an agile organization, leaders attempt to grant “more autonomy” to teams. This means teams now have more choices and decisions to make. Most people don’t even consider that making a decision in a group setting has many nuances. How will we decide? Does group decision making mean everything must be a consensus? Who might have final say? By whom and how can a decision be overridden? Won’t chaos or confusion ensue if we give people too many decisions to make?

Listen to stories from Cristin Hernandez and Heidi Araya’s work inside organizations, learn how to help teams make better decisions, and hear what can go wrong if you’re not thinking holistically about how you decide to decide.

About Cristin Hernandez:

Cristin is passionate that the most effective ways of working center around engaging people through invitation. She focuses on fostering a shared sense of leadership for all employees in all aspects of their day-to-day. Each team, whether ICs or leaders, brings with it a unique set of personalities, experience and challenges; and she strives to create the space for them execute with passion and purpose. She has worked in technology for nearly 20 years in a wide variety of roles and she is currently Senior Manager, Business Agility at Auth0, an identity and access management company.

About Heidi Araya:

Heidi partners with leaders and companies to help solve lean-agile, organization design and execution challenges. Always bringing a pragmatic approach to her work, her goal is to create more responsive, effective, and resilient teams with engaged employees. Her passion? Helping organizations harness the creativity and innovation of their people.

Heidi helps startups scale effectively and remain competitive, and established companies transition to "new ways of working" by building deliberately developmental environments... not only improving the processes, but also allowing people to grow into new ways of thinking and being.

With a background in strategy, lean & agile transformation, program management, and organizational effectiveness & design, Heidi has over 25 years’ experience improving global and distributed organizations in a wide variety of industries. She consults, trains and speaks worldwide. She is co-founder and advisory board member of the Open Leadership Network and co-hosts a popular virtual meetup series for Agilists at www.coachingagilejourneys.com.