LackOfConsensus

Different folk have different ideas and will not compromise, so agreement cannot be reached

Description

Different folk have different ideas and will not compromise, so agreement cannot be reached.Perhaps the goals are different and there is no solution that can be reached without seriously impacting on somebodyís goals.

Discussion

In many cases the understanding of another personís goals can be the first step toward an acceptable compromise.However, there are cases where agreement on priority of goals cannot be reached, where an understanding of the significance of the goals cannot be reached, or where the goals cannot be admitted, they must remain secret.

Prevention, Amelioration, Cure

It is assumed any problems of LackOfDirection have already been addressed.

Traditional

Where consensus of all stakeholders cannot be reached, identify the essential stakeholders, take them into a SmokeFilledRoom to reach a decision, and impose it on the others.

Modern

Agile methodologies assume openness in decision-making and it is unlikely an agile project could survive decisions made in a SmokeFilledRoom unless the rationale was openly explained and accepted by the team.However, there tends to be a clear division of responsibilities and a clear and open statement of goals, so the situation is unlikely to arise.The political decisions that cause the majority of problems in traditional teams are made possible by their hierarchical organization structure, and are far less likely to happen in self-organizing teams.The remaining causes are external, and it is recognized that the responsibility for these decisions is external.