New resource: decision template

Silhoutte of a road post at sunset.

I added a new entry on the Duck Alignment Academy Resources page: a decision template. Use this template when you need to make a decision in the community. It provides a simple way to define the problem, the proposed solution, and the process for making the decision.

Too often, decisions in open source communities become complicated because participants make incompatible assumptions. When you clearly define what you’re trying to decide, it’s easier to arrive at a consensus. You may not get unanimous agreement, but at least you’re no longer talking past each other.

The concepts behind this template are described in greater detail in chapter five of Program Management for Open Source Projects.

This post’s featured image by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash

Ben is a principal program manager at Red Hat, focused on the Fedora Project. He is the author of Program Management for Open Source Projects. Ben is an Open Organization Ambassador and frequent conference speaker. His personal website is Funnel Fiasco.

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