Use scenarios: Sometimes taking things out of the hypothetical can present new options or be the tipping point for agreement. When you are getting close to a decision, play the options out. Given the complexity of matrix decisions, you may be creating unintended consequences, and this may lead you to different options or closer to consensus. Scenarios are also helpful in checking agreement. If you have landed on a consensus decision: “We are going to extend the review period to two weeks,” check agreement by asking scenario questions: “So that means that even when we have a priority project, we are going to allow the committee two weeks to review?” Simple questions like this can ensure that your agreement is solid.