Dealing with Disagreement
Presented by: Tommy Graves
Virtually everyone extols the virtues of getting multiple and diverse perspectives on almost anything. In practice, however, multiple perspectives often just lead to heated disagreements that leave technology teams feeling divided and defeated. Creating mechanisms to resolve disagreements in a healthy manner can both increase team chemistry and unlock the myriad of benefits of a diverse team.
In this session, we'll focus on a few of the most important tactics for dealing with disagreement. First, we'll take a look at the root causes of disagreement and examine how it's possible for disagreements to arise in the first place. We'll follow that up with two strategies attendees can apply immediately to disagreements: (1) disagree and commit, and (2) retrospective outlooks on disagreement. We'll look at concrete examples of how these strategies have solved disagreements and talk through not only how to apply them personally but also how to get a team on board. The result will be a robust perspective on dealing with disagreement - plus a genuinely enjoyable and productive work environment.