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SPaMCAST 507 opens with our essay on consensus decision making. Consensus decision-making techniques are used by almost every team. The process of getting to a decision or solution that the whole team can at least live will make sure that everyone on the team has a seat at the table and that team builds both majority and minority views into the deliberation process.

Want to read about consensus decision making?   

6 Step Framework for Consensus Decision Making

Consensus Decision Making Revisited –

Life Cycle of Consensus Decision Making

Consensus Decision Making Forever – Sometimes  

In our second column, Susan Parente brings her I Am Not a Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast.  In this installment, Susan talks about the myths of agile and how falling into the traps that the myths create affect the delivery of value.

Jeremy Berriault (QA Corner) anchors the cast this week with a discussion of what happens when you make bad decisions.

Re-Read Saturday News

It is week 3 of our re-read of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (use the link and buy a copy so you can read along). Chapter 2 continues building the case for checklists to deal with complex and complicated environments. This chapter firmly pins down the idea that checklists save time, money and lives.

Current Installment:

Week 3 – The Checklist

Previous Installments:

Week 2 – The Problem With Extreme Complexity

Week 1 – Approach and Introduction


SPaMCAST 508 features the return of Vasco Duarte!  Vasco and I discussed vision and product owners. The product owner role is crucial and to be effective the product owner must be able to articulate a vision for the product they champion.