Buy-in is the New Consensus

07/22/2015 - 15:00-07/22/2015 - 15:45
Room E1
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Business and Strategy

The purpose of this track is two-fold - one angle helps you to understand the advantages of Drupal from an organizational leadership angle and the other is to highlight the great Drupal sites and projects you're working on and to show what's possible. These sessions are business focused, and will be non-technical.

On how many projects have you spun your wheels trying to reach consensus among a large group of stakeholders with diverging needs and wants?

Consensus building is a conflict-resolution process used to settle disputes. On a Drupal project, I prefer a less adversarial approach. I want to get buy-in for mutual gain. With stakeholders ranging from senior management to team leaders to technical gurus, each having differing visions as to how to proceed on a project, how do we get the best  ideas from everyone and build buy-in across the board?

This session will teach you how to stay focused on goals so that the project doesn't become paralyzed. The issue goes beyond gathering good requirements. It addresses the fundamental necessities of coming to agreement, keeping momentum going on a project, and achieving positive results. We will discuss:

  • Identifying project goals
  • Achieving mutual success across stakeholders
  • Techniques for remaining focused on the big picture
  • Objective evaluation of project status