I just started a new experimental project in my division which will attempt to integrate application-use and development efforts across different teams.
Problem: In the kick-off meeting today I discovered that two of the five managers I will be working with each have a distinct top-down or bottom-up approach. The one guy only talks about an integrated vision, process model, role-hierarchy, ...; the other about use-cases, business expectations for next month, ...
I am prepared to act the counter part for them when working individually, so that I pull them both towards the center by asking the Top-Down guy what his expected benefits for day-to-day business are, and by asking the Bottom-Up guy how he plans to control integration with the other teams.
But when we're in a meeting, I don't know how to keep them from circling around each other a la win by changing the point of view of the argument. I can't counter them in a controlled fashion, since they already counter each other, albeit in the form of provocation and not sincere questions. After asking my sponsor, I was told that they apparently do come to an agreement after circling around each other often enough. They are both nice guys, just have opposite ways of working.
Any suggestions how I can effectively moderate between these two legitimate approaches in meetings, so that we can concentrate on the topic instead of listening to these two for hours on end, saying things that are correct but don't help us move forward? Needless to say, I don't have any authority over them - I feel I can only get them to think in a common direction by asking the right questions addressed at both of them - but I'm having trouble thinking up of a convincing approach.
Any help, ideas, or experience would be appreciated.