How fast do you want to go?

A “heat” range with a color spectrum and an arrow pointing to blue, the coolest or slowest.

What does going slow mean?

  • “Before we can approve this project, we need to fill out our project canvas.”
  • “Before I do that task, we need to re-define my role and approve it.”
  • “I’d like to get input from our whole membership before we consider this direction.”
  • “I can’t consent to this unless we also define what happens in case XYZ….”
A “heat” range with a color spectrum and an arrow pointing to red, the hottest or fastest.

What do I mean by going fast?

  • (without really reading the proposal) “This looks great. Can we just do it?”
  • “I am looking for a pragmatic solution here, so no reason to ask for feedback outside of this team.”
  • “We can always decide that later.”

Let’s have some range.

Same heat color spectrum with a bracket indicating a range on the “fast” spectrum.
Same heat color spectrum with a bracket indicating a range on the “slow” spectrum.
Same heat color spectrum with a bracket indicating a wide range spanning the whole range from slow to fast.

What that means

  • “Before we can approve this project, we need to fill out our project canvas.”
  • “Before I do that task, we need to re-define my role and approve it.”

Bottomline

  • Choose to be as lean or thorough as you want to be in a given moment.
  • Have a conversation about the pace people in your team want to have. It makes great material for a check-out round in your meeting evaluation.
  • If your system of self-governance doesn’t meet your needs, then change it.

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