Consensus and evaluation of ideas – the art of reaching agreement through discussion

Consensus. A few words about …


Consensus, as a word known and quite often used, but in practice how hard to achieve …

Consensus is a solution that meets the criteria we require. At the same time, it is supported by everyone involved in the topic.

In a sense, consensus is the art of compromise, and certainly reaching an agreement through discussion.


Perfect solutions that all of you agree with all probably do not exist. The art of reaching an agreement in a given matter, i.e. a consensus, is probably one of the most important skills in everyday life as well as in professional life.

In previous entries, a lot of speech was about methods of solving problems. If you have not yet had the opportunity to become familiar with them, check in the TOOLS AND METHODS tab.

In each of them, solutions were proposed to improve the current state or problem. But it is the choice of the most important, most important from the point of view of solving the problem, that would not be possible without reaching a common position = consensus.



What gives us a compromise?


What? An extremely important element, that is the sense of the individual’s influence on the final decision, the chosen direction or result in a given matter.

Consensus develops in a team, so everyone can express their opinion, and in the event of a difference of views – give arguments that speak for a given solution.



Way to reach a common solution, the final choice




How to evaluate ideas effectively?



Evaluation of ideas is the penultimate stage of each problem analysis, regardless of which method was chosen to solve it (5 why, cause-effect diagram, brainstorming, method 635, etc.).

Contrary to appearances, it is as difficult as the process of collecting ideas. This is the time to identify the most important issue, the best solution to the problem from the point of view of the experience of the team involved in the analysis.

Achieving consensus is important for everyone to be consistent and convinced of the right decision.


How can you evaluate ideas?


1 # Expert judgment


Ideas are evaluated by a group of specialists in a given area / area of the company’s activity. In this way, the best solutions in the field of technology, technical aspects, machines, specialist tools, etc. are most often made.

Such an evaluation committee is chosen for a reason, only it has the necessary knowledge to give an opinion on a given idea. On this basis, the suggestion is accepted or rejected.

2 # Random assessment
It would seem that this form (in the case of evaluating ideas) is quite controversial or can not apply. And yet … maybe! But only if the proposals are equivalent. Then the choice can be made on a random basis.

3 # “Open” vote

This form of assessment of ideas probably has the greatest potential for discussion, and thus – striving to reach a compromise among the group of people choosing suggestions.

The manner of conducting such a vote may look like this: each participant speaks about each idea, presents arguments and then indicates the preferred ideas from the most important to the least important ones.

Thanks to this, all submitted ideas can be discussed, which greatly affects the achievement of a compromise.



4 # “Implicit” voting



Unlike open voting, this form strongly limits the possibility of discussing a given idea. What counts in this case is the subjective opinion of the evaluation team members.

The method of conducting such a vote may be done by numbering each application. Then the participants on the cards give their vote to the idea supported. This idea / solution method, which receives the largest number of votes, is chosen for implementation.







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