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Tips for Successful Agile Decision-making [#AgileTips #AgileSuccess #AgileDecisionMaking]

Tip #1: Gather iterative feedback
Tip #2: Balance alignment and autonomy
Tip #3: Get comfortable with good enough
Tip #4: Place time limits on decisions
Tip #5: Do not get sloppy

Tip #1: Gather iterative feedback
When you are showing the work and getting feedback regularly, it reduces the chance of a major disruption that requires a complex decision-making technique with a formal committee.

Tip #2: Balance alignment and autonomy
Your agile team needs to be empowered and well-informed when making decisions. But this does not mean it can deviate from what the goals of the project are.

Tip #3: Get comfortable with good enough
One huge mindset change that is needed is getting comfortable with “good enough.” The requirements are documented “good enough.” The timing to start is “good enough.”

Then, you can work toward “great” during the execution process. Yes, there will be work scrapped while sharpening what “great” looks like and that is OK. When the whole team is accountable for the project’s success, it will not be such an emotional hit if some of one person’s work has to be cut because of time. The team will support its members.

Tip #4: Place time limits on decisions
Set deadlines for when analysis must be cut off—is good enough. This helps alleviate analysis paralysis because you are forced to move forward with a decision when it is good enough rather than when it is perfect.

Tip #5: Do not get sloppy
Plan project meetings at a regular cadence to give updates, brainstorm for improvements, plan the next block of tasks for a sprint, and get iterative feedback on what has been delivered. This cadence is what builds trust with senior leadership, improves the strength of the team, and builds the team’s confidence in their decision-making skills.

Adapted from:
What Is Agile Decision-Making in Project Management:
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