This page contains templates that you can use with your topics to set up good conversations. You can easily adapt them to your own purposes, or if you have ideas of good ones to add here please let us know.
For now, to use a template you should manually copy and paste it into your topic description.
On this page you can find:
Give an update
# Project Add your project name/description here. You can link to the project home. # Status What's the overall status of the project? - Risk (and how it is being mitigated) - Risk (and how it is being mitigated) # Achievements You can list here important recent milestones that were reached. # Next Steps What are you working on next?
Make a decision
# Decision to be made Describe clearly and simply as possible what the decision you need to make is, and why it is important. # Background information Include here links to other resources that can be helpful context for making the decision, that others might want to be aware of.
Ask for feedback
# Topic What are you asking for feedback on? Include as much relevant detail as possible on the topic that you're looking for feedback for, and why. If there are special points of attention be sure to include them. # Background information Include here links to other resources that can be helpful context for making the decision, that others might want to be aware of.
Make a proposal
# Idea Summarize your idea as succintly as possible. You don't need to repeat the content in the lower sections, but should try to make an attractive pitch for the reader's attention. # Objectives What are the objectives of your proposal? How will you measure the results? # Requirements What resources do you need to make the proposal reality? # Duration How long will it take to deliver the results?
Ask a question/ask for help
# What you need Describe clearly and simply as possible what you need help with or what question you are asking, and why it is important. # Background information Include here links to other resources that can be helpful context for making the decision, that others might want to be aware of.
Integrative Decision Making (Holacracy)
Adapted from this blog post, and originally from Holacracy. This template defines some clear phases that you can use in AsyncGo to help get to a good, well discussed and understood decision.
# Problem to Solve To be added. # Instructions/Phases ## Present Proposal Proposer describes the problem that she saw in the provided space above, and documents the solution she proposes in the outcome field. ## Clarifying Questions Anyone can ask clarifying questions. Proposer can answer. No reactions or dialog allowed. This should happen in the comments, but remember to limit yourself to clarifying questions. ## Reaction Round Each person can react to the proposal as they see fit. No discussion or responses. It can be helpful to use emoji upvotes during this phase. ## Amend & Clarify Proposer can optionally clarify the intent or amend the proposal based on reactions. No discussion allowed. Updating the proposal at the top of this topic makes sense, but it can also be helpful to indicate via bullets what changed here. ## Objection Round The Facilitator asks each person in turn: ”Do you see any reasons why adopting this proposal would cause harm or move us backwards?” (an “Objection”). Objections are stated, tested, and captured without discussion; the proposal is adopted if none surface. ## Integration The goal is to craft an amended proposal that would not cause the Objection, but that would still address the proposer’s problem. Focus on each Objection, one at a time. Once all are integrated, go through another Objection Round.
Structured Brainstorming Discussion
This template is for when you want to have a very open discussion around a topic. A good candidate for this kind of discussion is when you are trying to deeply understand a problem you want to solve.
# Context Use this section to introduce the topic you'll be brainstorming about, including any links to reference materials, scoping of the topic, and so on. Be sure to specify what the main goal you're hoping to achieve is. # Rules Are there any special rules for discussion? For example, you could ask to not jump to solutions too quickly if your focus for now is on the problem to solve. # Phases A brainstorm session is typically broken down into a few phases. You can add bullet points from the discussion back to the description as decisions/progress is made. ## Exploring the idea space Start with an open book and gather as much context as you can. - [ ] Is the context complete? What elements could we explore more and document to understand it more deeply? - [ ] What are others doing in this space that works well, or doesn't? - [ ] ... ## Brainstorming Now that the context is well understood, everyone should bring their ideas. No idea is a bad one at this point, and the focus should be more on finding possibilities rather than deciding which are good. ## Voting Now, you can vote on which ideas seem the most actionable. Be sure to document why you feel that's the case. The goal isn't to select a single winner, but to determine the best ideas and the threads that they have in common. Again, we still are not likely aligning on a single solution, but determining which elements of the ideas are most promising. ## Action Items Now that you have a promising set of ideas and the reasons why, you can set up actions to take the ideas towards the next step. Typically, this is now to refine the idea into a single proposed solution that you can build alignment around.