Sensing Process

The Sensing Process is led by a steward who is responsible for guiding the process. The decision making is a collective process that surfaces multiple ideas and any valid objections. Generative Decision Making (GDM) is our primary decision-making tool for Sensing Processes and is used to make decisions that are “good enough for now and safe enough to try.”

Detailed Process

The purpose of the Sensing Process is to prepare and refine a proposal for GDM. To complete a Sensing Process, we move through the following five steps:

1. Launch

Announce to the team that a Sensing Process is underway and invite the team to participate. In this case, “Team” is the group from which input is being sought. It can be the entire ET Group team or a larger or smaller group. Once notified, team members can choose to:

  • A: Have input into the Sensing Process and participate in making the final decision.

  • B: Have input into the Sensing Process and leave decision-making to others.

  • C: Leave the process to others by willingly accepting whatever decision is made.

In launching a Sensing Process, the decision steward is responsible for (in writing) providing context as well as stating any biases s/he has coming into the process.

2. Discovery

The decision steward creates opportunities for various perspectives and new ideas to surface. This can be done through one-on-one conversations or meetings, or by using online tools such as Teams.

3. Proposal Design

Once enough perspectives have been collected and the decision steward senses the process is ripe for a proposal, they will draft one.

4. Ratification

We use Generative Decision Making (GDM) as outlined here to finalize decisions coming from a Sensing Process. The ET Group Way coaches are trained in using GDM and are available to facilitate the process. Team Connect meetings offer an excellent opportunity for gathering the largest possible group of GDM participants. Although GDM can be completed asynchronously, face-to-face is best whenever possible. See Consent vs. Consensus below for important insights into the ratification process.

5. Implementation

Once a decision is made, the decision steward is responsible for communicating to the full ET Group team via the Decision Log Space on Teams and implementing the decision unless other owners have been identified as part of the GDM. The communication includes a summary of the initial problem or opportunity, any biases of the steward, options considered, final decision and brief rational.