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Reply to Projects

By Anne Billen Topic posted 04/28/2016
Daesun posted:


Indeed, every project should be apart of an accountability which a role enacts.

 Hi Anne, Daesun,

Here's my view. (caveat: not a certified Coach here, at least not yet :-)

Role authority is not limited to accountabilities, it includes purpose, projects may be linked directly to the purpose, if one exists,  (even if the accountabilities it implies are not spelling out every possibile bit and nuance of how the purpose may be expressed), in fact as per article 1.1 a role may have a purpose and zero accountabilities, and it would make sense for it to be able to take on projects to serve it.

Article 1.3: "As a Partner assigned to a Role, you have the authority to execute any Next-Actions you reasonably believe are useful for enacting your Role’s Purpose or Accountabilities.", (I was focusing on that OR )

That said, when you act outside your role, and therefore perform  Individual Action, it  doesn't always imply governance consequences, article 4.3 shows examples of situations in which you may perform individual action and nothing needs to be addressed in governance. 

all this to say that the link from tactical to  governance is realized only through tensions (logging a tension to be processed in governance is one of the output of the tactical meeting) , and there is no implicit or necessary correspondence between projects and subsequent governance fixes, nor there is a need to bring to governance any possible instance of a project the assignement of which wasn't clarely addressed in the realm of a role scope as Jeffrey pointed out.

another subtle link exists in the opposite direction, one may take on a project or action during a Governance meeting provided:

a) the project or action is not logged in the output of the meeting (that would break article 3.2.4)

b) the project assignement is somehow immediate and doesn't interrupt the flow of the meeting (hijacking it  into a tactical ;-)  as per article 3.3.7