Quick Start: Team Decision Making

Quick Start: Team Decision Making

It's all too easy for a team to delay a decision—the right people aren't available, or there's not enough information—and as a result, projects get stuck. Ask yourself the following questions to make decisions faster as a team:

  1. What is the proposal on the table, and what are the alternatives? It might sound elementary, but teams often forego making a decision because the decision hasn't been framed in concrete terms. Even before you schedule time to decide, be sure to align on what needs to be decided and the alternatives before you.
  2. Who will make this decision? Is this a decision by committee, or will one person make the call? Nothing is more frustrating than thinking an issue has been decided, only to have the decision reversed later. Clarify everyone's roles upfront.
  3. What do we do after the decision is made? Ok, you've made a decision—but does each member of your team understand their role in executing on that decision? Be sure to plot out critical next steps during the decision making process.
  4. How will we look back and assess the impact of our decision? Time is the only infallible judge of a decision, so be sure to set critical milestones in your process that will force you to look back and evaluate the benefits and costs of your decision.

There are lots of ways to decide how to make a decision; we've included some of our favorite methods below.

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