April 26, 2011

Needs of Role Play in Group Decision–Making

Still struggling with a RDM PMA, I found that during team decision-making process there some judgmental bias occur. Thus, in order to cope this issue, people use brainstorming which very helpful to foster generation of variety idea to solve problems. By having brainstorming it could minimize most bias since critical thinking will be arise in form different point of view and new approach for problem solving. Nevertheless, it also has drawback like groupthink that might occur when team member who has strong characteristic force particular decision and avoid any challenge from other opinion, it also can be categorized as conformation trap that affect final decision. Therefore in order to minimize this issue, I think a role-play called devils' advocate is good way to ensure constructive feedback in place in order to challenge every assumption and options. Thus, as a result team member will encourage thinking critically before deciding something.


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  1. here i have a question that how you decide which people to be the role of devil…and to what kind of ‘strict’ is devil enough?

    26 Apr 2011, 23:22

  2. I am interested in the role-play, but is it easy to implement?

    28 Apr 2011, 15:35

  3. hey ponthy, hope you are enjoying at home. This particular blog is a good thought from your part. I remember in India there’s a TV show called the ‘Devil’s advocate’. which apparently takes place in NBC channel is eventually a discussion session between one journalist and top political leader or business leader or a bureaucrat. The talks focuses on recent developments, their initiatives, any criminal offense charged, their personal life etc but all are intended towards knowing what role they play through the above in order to make the nation a better place. The role play concept is good unless it is administered and carried well. On the other hand, brainstorming is also required to get insight of a particular problem. Both the concept should cooperate with each other to produce good and efficient results. That all….have fun.

    29 Apr 2011, 01:23

  4. Hi all,
    thanks for your comments.
    I think the needs of Devils Advocate becomes more and more important now in order to build critical thinking environment in group decision-making. I agree with you ting that is not an easy job to implement since people might think that particular person act as urban terrorist in organization and probably she/he will get negative respond from other peers. However, it always nice to have person who give different point of view in order to capture every possibility that improve the quality of final decision.

    29 Apr 2011, 17:49

  5. hey Ponthy,
    Good entry… It definetly is extremely helpful when you have people of varied background in your group, it really does help bring out different views and opinions. I def hope to try the devils advocate the next time I am in a group

    02 May 2011, 23:39


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