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Fist-or-five

Visualize your commitment.

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. – Jim Rohn


IN A NUTSHELL

Decision making has always been a fraught process in the corporate world. To have more engaged employees and effective output, it is necessary to involve them in decisions. However, making decisions within a bigger team can be messy and burdensome. Even if decisions have been made, commitment levels suddenly seem to vary when it comes to executing decisions.

Even if you are not in the process of software development, non-techies can reap the benefits of their agile process. When you’re developing software, decisions need to be quick and team members need to ensure they’re not burdening the process. The logic is similar to most decisions made by a team. By borrowing their decision-making frameworks, non-tech companies can improve their current ways of reaching a conclusion.

One such technique is called the fist or five. All you need to bring to this meeting is your hand (you don’t even need both!). Transitioning from a closed fist to an open palm, there is a value attributed to each finger raised. This provides a quick voting system on how the team feels about any new work. It also provides transparency about the commitment of each team member to this new work. This, in turn, allows the company to allocate resources more effectively, by assigning more engaged employees to projects and be assured that the work will be followed through.

 

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