How should engineering organizations make big decisions?
Series: Making Decisions
Making Decisions: RFC processes are a poor fit for most organizations December 1st, 2023
The RFC process has been a huge success in defining the standards that run the Internet, but naively adopting this process for your company is a mistake. RFC processes tend to fail at most organizations because they lack a clear decision-making step.
Making Decisions: First decide how to decide: “one weird trick” for easier decisions December 5th, 2023
This is my preferred decision-making process – a version of the “document-discuss-decide” process that I called for at the end of the part 1 in this series. The most important part of this process – its “one weird trick”, if you will – is the way it includes a “how shall we decide?” step. This separates out the meta-question of the decision-making process from the decision itself, which (I’ve found) makes decisions much easier.