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Discussion on: One small process improvement we made lately at DEV

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Andrew Brown 🇨🇦 • Edited on

We use a conch.

In startup school, they designate one person to be a moderator so they are given the social allowance to police the meeting to stop rambling and keep the structure. I really like this method.

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Peter Kim Frank

Very Lord of the Flies.

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Mario DeLaPaz

When I read conch. I thought of the spongebob episode with the magic conch shell. lol

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Kevin K. Johnson

Does the moderator, holder on the conch, rotate?

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Andrew Brown 🇨🇦

The Conch system is simply taking turns with no clear leader.

The Moderator controls all aspects of communication.
In a Moderator model, you'll want to rotate out the moderator per meeting, otherwise, people are going start hating that one person and lets other people learn to improve their communication skills.

Both systems have their trade-offs.