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Door Özge Özdes / feb 2022 / 1 Min
Door Rein Krul / / 2 min
I've always had a hard time making decisions. I can endlessly weigh the pros and cons of each possibility, not being able to make up my mind.
Sounds familiar? We see it happening all day, just like the exact opposite: co-workers just doing the same thing over and over again, because this is the way we have always done it. So how can you become better at making decisions? As I just said I'm no expert on the matter, but the following guidelines might help you to become a better decision-maker.
There are only choices which are more, and less beneficial in your situation. Why? Because every option has its own up- and downsides, but every 'wrong' choice has its advantages, however small they might be. For example;
For a fair decision, you should take note of both up- and downsides of each option. Special thanks to Dan North (https://dannorth.net/about/) for pointing this out at Craft Conference during his awesome talk!
As software specialists, we often neglect to offer alternative choices. Why do we do this? Because we think we know what the best option is and as such consider it being the only option, skipping the part where we think of the alternatives. This is a dangerous game to play, because:
The best specialists identify the up- and downsides of all options. If you can't point out the downsides of your favourite tool or language, you're not a specialist but probably more of a salesman.
Do you really have to make this decision right now? If you think you can make a better decision later (because you've obtained more information by then), delay it. But be aware: making a decision too late can be just as harmful: everyone else may already moved on, making assumptions about the issues you had to provide the answer to.
Sometimes, making a decision is more important than making the right decision:
This is especially true for decisions which require action right now. For example, crunch-time in the Production Emergency War Room ('Do we analyse the running container or do we shutdown to prevent further data loss?')
And last but not least: are you really the person who has to make the call? Depending on your role, you can (and should!) delegate a part of the decision making to your team and co-workers. Let other people make decisions and watch them grow. But be aware: being allowed to make decisions means you should feel accountable for them. If you feel like you can't defend your choice, don't accept the responsibility for having to make it.
These points help me streamlining my decisions. At the end of the day, evaluate your decisions: which ones did you make today? What helped you, and what didn't?
| Non-technical blogs
Door Rein Krul / jun 2023
Dan denken we dat dit ook wat voor jou is.
Door Remco van Iersel / mrt 2019 / 1 Min
Door Özge Özdes / okt 2021 / 1 Min