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5. The rules

1. Be nice.

This one is self-explanatory.

2. Ollie-ollie-oxen-free

Can be invoked when some are hiding opinions or even disapproval from the group out of fear of looking stupid. When invoked, some kind of round-robin sharing is required of everyone.

3. Reader’s Digest

Can be invoked when a speaker is being complex or obtuse and confusing people. When invoked, the speaker must give a simple summary of what he/she just said.

4. Fail.

The Four Axioms, translated
[Originally posted as Some axioms]

  1. We don’t worry about whether what someone else has said or done in work is “correct” or “good” or “bad” or not.
  2. We don’t have to respond to or engage in an idea or work or post that does not interest us or we do not understand. (Although, of course, we do have an obligation under the Ollie, ollie oxen free rule.)
  3. It is better if we’re not all thinking the same thing as we work. Another way of translating this is to say that everyone needs to share their ideas.
  4. As we commit to a piece of work as a group, it is irrelevant who thought of it first.