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Many teams believe in the consensus method for making difficult decisions. Gokul Rajaram of Square saw the consensus method used over and over again at various organizations, and came to this conclusion:
“Consensus means no ownership. What’s important is not that everyone agrees, but that everyone is heard and then the right person makes a decision.”
In this blog post, Rajaram discusses how difficult decisions require a decision-making framework, and the post shows a quadrant diagram for understanding how important or urgent a decision is. While this framework helps your team understand which decisions are difficult, Rajaram developed another framework called SPADE that helps your team quickly make a decision.
The goal of the SPADE decision-making framework is to speed up and collaboration especially for difficult decisions. The framework does not use consensus as a mechanism for making decisions. Context, which is a an important piece in the Cynefin framework, is incorporated into the SPADE framework as well. Here’s a description for each component of SPADE:
This SPADE decision-making template helps you and your team keep track of all the difficult decisions that are being put through the SPADE framework. Track the stage of teach decision, write long-form content for the decision, and even e-mail all the content for a SPADE decision with the push of a button.