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Subject: RE: [xdi] A proposal for the F2F



Andy Dale

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+1. I'm not sure we have so much a high quantity of decisions to make so
much as a few very high quality ones. But this tool should help nonetheless.

Bill, you're appointed to guide us through it in person quickly when we


-----Original Message-----
From: Dave McAlpin [mailto:Dave.McAlpin@epok.net]
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:46 PM
To: Fen Labalme; Barnhill William
Cc: xdi@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: RE: [xdi] A proposal for the F2F

+1. Seems like a reasonable way to focus conversation and stay on track.


-----Original Message-----
From: Fen Labalme [mailto:fen@idcommons.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:17 AM
To: Barnhill William
Cc: xdi@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [xdi] A proposal for the F2F

Link here:

I won't be at the TC :( but I do approve of such mechanisms.  As Doug
(from CPSR) hosts the link, it reminds me of the process I've used many
for NVCD* consensus building:

    Agenda building:
      list topics and negotiate time allotted for each

      keeps the agenda moving
      people may negotiate for more time on a topic during discussion

      records decisions

    Vibes watcher:
      watches for people who aren't speaking up

Having such roles clearly defined from the outset can really speed
things up.

Anyway, for this non-participant, I'm a +1.


* NVCD = Non-Violent Civil Disobedience

Barnhill William wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'd imagine that like last year's F2F we'll need to be making a lot of

> decisions. I'd like to propose using a particular tool to help
> speed/capture those decisions. Not sure of the name, but I call it a
> decision wheel. Steve Cisler invented AFAIK. Below is a pasted
> description of the tool. To see a quick vote on whether to use it or
> not, I'd propose everyone respond to this message with a simple
> body with a simple +1 (For), -1 (Against), or 0 (Ambivalent). I'll
> tabulate the results, or Marc can for impartiality :) (Trust me, I'm
> THAT tied to the tool).
> My quick pattern for using this:
> Name: Decision Wheel Consensus
> Context: A F2F group with a whiteboard, or online group with
> capability, needs to make several decisions.
> Forces:
> ..Decision time is limited
> ..Number of decisions can be discussed at once
> ..Shared vision must be captured
> Solution:
> ..Pick a moderator
> ..Draw a center for the wheel
> .. For every decision to be made, create a decision axis
>      .. draw two spokes in opposite directions from the center,
> in a different color for each decision
>      .. Label the spokes with the quality that needs deciding (color,
> centralization, attributes Vs elements)
>      .. Label one spoke with the value at one end of quality spectrum
> (all elements)
>      .. Label opposing spoke the value at other end of spectrum (All
> attributes on single element)
> .. For each member have them plot on the decision axis where their
> are, and make a brief case for why
> .. Once all members have gone, let any member that wishes change their

> plot points, and briefly state why
> .. Repeat until for each axis a consensus has been reached by tightly
> grouping plot points, or until no member wishes to change their mind.
> .. If no member wishes to change their mind, then the topic needs
> discussion, or tabling until further information can be added.
> Result Context: For each decision axis a group plot point has been
> created and a decision made, or a range of plot points have been
> captured and the decision has been tabled until after further
> discussion/new information.
> Tool description follows:
> Steve Cisler described the use of a spoked circle as a graphical
> decision aid
> (see figure below). The circle represents the "space" of decisions
> must be made, while the endpoints
> of the spokes represent the two possible extremes of each decision. In

> his paper on "Community
> Networks: Past and Present Thoughts." Cisler describes how the
> spoked-circle approach was used by the
> Silicon Valley Public Access Link project. The upright spoke, for
> example, might be labeled "system
> architecture" and the location of the small circle on the spoke near
> "distributed" endpoint depicts the
> decision to use a distributed architecture instead of a centralized
> A point on the middle of a spoke
> would indicate an intermediate position between the views represented
> the endpoints.
> There are no stringent requirements as to how to use the tool. Simply
> identifying the spokes can be an
> important first step, as the spokes clearly show which decisions are
> be made. It may not be critical to
> determine the exact location of the decision. In some cases, a group
> decide to postpone a decision,
> but it is a group decision, nevertheless, that ultimately must be made

> with others in the group. If a
> difference of opinion hasn't been resolved - for example, whether an
> online resource should be free to
> use or whether there should be fees - the organizers could say, "We're

> still trying to resolve this. Which
> approach do /you /think is best?" The tool can also be used as a way
> explain compromises or transitional
> circumstances by showing the current point in relation to the
> along which the developers plan to
> proceed. For example, when the system is launched it might be deemed
> necessary to charge users a small
> fee, but ultimately the system would be expected to be free to use. It

> might also be necessary to begin
> with text-only displays, but with a commitment to move to more
> graphical displays later.


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