Prepare the decision phase
In a sprint, preparing the decision phase starts with combating the group effect. Decision making is challenging and working as a group might become a liability as the decision makers tend to behave more democratically than in real life.
To combat this group effect, the facilitator has to draw out the decision maker such that they give a genuine and honest opinion.
Several methods can assist in fostering consensus in the decision making phase. These methods include:
Note and Vote
Here, the team chooses between combating group think or following the leader.
Presenting a solution sketch
In this method, each person shares their concept to the team.
Assumptions and sprint questions
This method involves defining what you need to learn.
Voting and selecting a direction
Here, the team decides what to build for the prototype.
This method involves indicating the winning idea visually.
It assists the team in evaluating the ideas.
People involved in the decision phase
The team involved in this phase includes:
The role of the facilitator is to ensure that the team keeps up the goals of the decision phase.
The decision maker is the product chief who makes the shots and is often the CEO or the product owner or the boss.
The designer makes things look good by visualizing the ideas.
Finally but not least, the customer representative pinpoints the issues that customers have and cuts through the sales and marketing hype you are deciding on.
Nevertheless, the people involved in this phase will depend on the focus of the sprint.