The framework began as an internal resource for associates at open source software company Red Hat, an open organization built on principles derived from communities of open source software developers. In June 2016, Red Hat released the framework publicly.
Announcing the release, DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer at Red Hat, called the framework “a flexible framework that helps our decision makers and leaders seek out diverse perspectives and collaborate across teams and geos, to make better decisions.”
What is open decision making?
Open decision making is an approach to arriving at actionable agreements through participatory practices.
According to the Open Decision Framework, open decision making is transparent, inclusive, and customer-centric. It involves clearly sharing problems, requirements, and constraints with affected parties; collaborating purposefully with multiple stakeholders to secure diverse opinions and comprehensive feedback; and managing relationships and expectations across competing needs and priorities.
More generally, open decisions facilitate well-functioning meritocracies. Open source communities are meritocratic to the extent that they pragmatically value concrete contributions over formal titles and encourage ideas from all corners of an organization.
Phi Beta Iota: This is a very worth-while expansion of the kum-ba-ya concept for holding hands and humming and hoping that eventually, with the best of intentions, a miracle will happen and everyone will be happy, prosperpous, and at peace. It lacks an understanding of how to embed the proven process of intelligence, holistic analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering (OSEE). These people are still in the twittering stage and not ready to do heavy lifting across all threats, all policies, all budgets….a baby step, and a good one.