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Re: Let's Stop Getting Torn Apart by Disagreement: Concerns about the Technical Committee

>>>>> "Steve" == Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:

    Steve> Hi Diane,
    Steve> On Thu, Nov 02, 2017 at 11:48:05AM -0700, Diane Trout wrote:
    >> I only just subscribed and only have read some of the discussion
    >> so this may be a bit off topic or already discussed.

    >> But I was wondering if the project has thought about explicitly
    >> encouraging mentoring in techniques for handling interpersonal
    >> conflict and helping members develop interpersonal skills?

    >> I know there's active research into managing team conflict, and I
    >> bet there are some Debian members who have been more effective at
    >> helping other team members that we might be able to learn from.

    >> I know we have methods to share technical skills via policies and
    >> best practices, but how do we identify and share useful social
    >> techniques?

    >> For instance I think active listening is a useful technique when
    >> trying to develop a consensus about a topic.

    >> (e.g. http://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/active_listening#data-tab-how
    >> )

    >> But I don't know how many others know about it and there would
    >> need to be some adjustment for a distributed team like Debian.

    Steve> Better skills for handling interpersonal conflict can never
    Steve> be a bad thing.  However, the Technical Committee exists as a
    Steve> decision-making body of last resort, when consensus is not
    Steve> possible (because two parties have incompatible goals, or
    Steve> because discussion is not converging on agreement fast enough
    Steve> to matter).

I think that Debian does need a decision making body of last resort.
I personally think these communication skills are critical for such a

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