DDD Europe 2024 - Program

Collaboratively Mapping Trade-offs for Decision-Making

Main Conference - Hands-on Lab


Moriel Schottlender and Kate Chapman

Moriel SchottlenderKate Chapman
Friday 31 from 14:30 until 16:30

(This is a hands-on lab with limited capacity)

Have you ever needed to make an important decision and advocate for the best solution? What if your stakeholders all think they want something different? How do you handle unexpected changes in requirements? Why does that happen? Ideally, we'd always want all stakeholders to have a shared understanding of the problem and its circumstances. But what if stakeholders and decision owners agree on the information, but everyone still comes up with a different result? Why is that? And what can you do about that?

This is where trade-offs come in! Every solution has tradeoffs: the cost, risks, benefits and potential pitfalls of each decision. Recognizing and agreeing on those tradeoffs can help us navigate the available options, and their complexity – so that we can make an actionable decision in a timely manner.

This workshop is designed to do two things: First, introduce a framework for bringing those trade-offs to light and weighing them collaboratively. Then, guide you through utilizing it to reach actionable decisions. By understanding, discussing and outlining the trade-offs, organizations can make better decisions.

The components of the workshop are as follows:

  • Working together to understand and articulate the problem statement
  • How to illustrate viable options
  • How to discover the tradeoffs
  • How do handle unexpected changes
  • How to describe the practical needs and cost behind options collaboratively
  • How to present the result for executive buy-in for systemic change

Participants will be divided into groups and given a problem statement simulating a real-world scenario. They will then work together to figure out possible solutions and outline the trade-offs of each path forward. As with any realistic simulation, there will be surprises!

About Moriel Schottlender

Moriel is a physicist turned software engineer turned systems architect, currently working on modernizing Wikipedia’s systems. She’s an Open Source enthusiast, right-to-left language support and localization evangelist, and a general domain hoarder.

About Kate Chapman

Kate Chapman is a technologist, geographer and farmer who believes in the power of digital commons to change the world. She serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Open Supply Hub leading technical strategy to bring transparency to supply chains. Additionally Kate is the President of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) where she is a passionate supporter of open mapping for more resilient communities. Kate focuses on socio-technical systems linking humans and computers together to create better information for decision making.

Previously Kate served as the Director of Engineering Enablement at the Wikimedia Foundation, Chief Technology Officer of the Cadasta Foundation and Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. A long time advocate and participant in the free culture movement she believes it is important to put people first. When not thinking about virtual systems she is at home thinking about physical systems on her miniature dairy goat farm.