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Monday, July 25 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Finding Agreement When Everyone Is Right (Michael Tardiff) POPULAR

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Are you a good agree-er? Do others agree with you often? Do you know how to make agreement spread?
Have you ever tried to have lunch with a group of five or more coworkers and had trouble agreeing on where to go? Or come to the end of a sprint and been unable to agree on which of the many things the team could do to experiment or change the team will do? Maybe the folks ordering your backlog can’t agree which of the twenty-five number-one priorities is the real number one.
Agreement is at the heart of agility and lean practice, yet we often have trouble finding it. Drawing on decades of experience helping people agree” and collaborative governance methods, this practical and interactive discussion explores what it means to be “right” and how we can help ourselves and those with whom we work find agreement on matters small and large.
Learning Outcomes:
  • What it means to find agreement
  • Why making decisions is hard or impossible when everyone is certain and different.
  • The four ways of making decisions and finding agreement
  • What’s the best way for us to find agreement
  • Experience through exercises on how agreement is both easier and harder to find than we may think
  • A renewed belief that agreement starts with you
  • Tools for helping you find common ground with your colleagues


Michael Tardiff

Senior consultant, SolutionsIQ
Running light without overbyte, as Dr. Dobbs Journal of Computer Calesthenics and Orthodontia used to say. Open Space. Lean Coffee. Systems thinking and leaning out process. All those other agile-y things. Sailing.

Monday July 25, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Hanover DE