How To Tactfully Gain Approval For ChangesFiled Under Human Factors, Software Process
Situations where the need to force change in your environment are not done easily as I described in the series – Your Software Process Sucks. One method for creating change I neglected is the “just do it – ask for forgiveness, not for permission” method. Although this method can yield great results, it can also be a dangerous pitfall if your changes backfire.
Instead of going behind your team’s back, Steve Rowe had a great idea of how to tactfully get approval. To summarize his idea, ask for permission in a way that silence implies acceptance:
On the issue at hand, I recommend taking the following actions. If I don’t hear from you by such and such a date, I’ll move ahead with my recommendations.
This is a great idea when dealing with a resistance to change and definitely deserves the in-depth read.