February 1, 2022

Facilitating collaborative design decisions


If we want to make sustainable design decisions for our architecture that are embraced by everyone, the most effective way is to do this collaboratively. Everyone can feel a part of the decision and can potentially give the input they have. The group is aligned and knows what is to be expected onward.

On paper, this sounds great, but in reality, we know it is hard to do because we need to deal with all sorts of group dynamics. Dynamics like cultural differences, conflicts of opinions, cognitive biases, and polarities that the group is part of. These dynamics cause people to stop sharing what they want, which ends up in resistance behaviour from sarcastic jokes, to stopped communication or leaving the session. No wonder a lot of people resort to a more autocratic form of decision-making, where the architect analyzes and makes the decision. So how can we make collaborative decision decisions better?

Join Gien, Evelyn and Kenny in this hands-on workshop where we explore different models of decision-making that can help facilitate collaborative design decisions. We will dive into a variety of facilitation techniques such as:

  • Working with climate reports to trigger hidden group conflicts
  • Visualising trade-offs of different models with the pro-con-fix list
  • Taking group decisions with full buy in with Deep Democracy


  • Living documentation event ’24 / 18 April 2024 / Slides Miro
  • Technovate’24 / 22 Februari 2024 / Slides Miro
  • Agile tour vilnius / 18 October 2023 / Miro
  • DDD london / 12 September 2023 / Slides
  • iSAQB Software Architecture Gathering – Digital / 14-17 November 2022 / Miro
  • KanDDDinsky / 31 October – 1 November 2022 / Slides – Miro
  • Domain-Driven Design Europe / 20-24 June 2022 / Slides – Miro
  • OOP Konference / 31 January – 4 February 2022
  • Software Architektur im Stream / 1 February 2022 / Video

Kenny Baas-Schwegler

As a socio-technical systems thinker, agile architect, and Domain-Driven Design expert, I work with CTOs, managers, architects, and teams to change how we design software. Through facilitating and doing collaborative modeling, I catalyze organizations, teams, and groups of people to an agile architecture approach to building sustainable quality software products.

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