nilenso is a democracy

Context

Our initial approach of “bikeshed and referendums for everything” quickly became too expensive. We required a lightweight alternative.

Decision

Twofold: (1) We will appoint elected representative management (“executives”-2x) to lead the company. (2) We will not strive for an artificially “flat” hierarchy or deny natural pecking orders.

Status: Accepted.

Consequences

There has been confusion about the fact that, despite having one vote in any major decision, not everyone’s opinion counts equally in discussion. This more natural structure has made us more effective; someone with 15 years of experience usually has more to contribute than someone with 15 months of.