Monthly Archives: April 2008

Decisions can be fun!

Recently I’ve been writing quite a few deep and thoughtful blog entries on serious subjects that relate to accelerated strategy and product development (e.g. Massively parallel thinking, Thinking Breakdown Structures, Accelerate Ideas into Reality, etc.).  I don’t want to lose … Continue reading

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Decision Breakdown Structure

For any strategy or design situation, a Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) provides a way to decompose the situation into well-framed, loosely-coupled, bite-sized and manageable “thought packages“.  It provides a way to “Image the whole, then execute the parts” when the … Continue reading

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New product innovation decisions

I’ve mentioned previously that a Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) provides a very powerful innovation framework for creating breakthrough products and services.  Although every decision within a Decision Breakdown Structure can be an innovation “node”, some decisions are more innovation-rich than … Continue reading

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Massively parallel thinking

The following is crazy talk, but sometimes it’s helpful to aim impossibly high to uncover the roadblocks to dramatic improvement. Why does it take 6, 12, 18, 24 months or more to design and deliver a new product to market?  How … Continue reading

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Criteria: Functional Model

In my previous post, I said that “Functional design is not just adding up the list of functions …, but rather organizing them into a lean, mean performing machine.”  Functional design is a fairly abstract process, so it’s quite helpful … Continue reading

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Decision: Functional Model

Form – Fit – FUNCTION.  I’ve always wondered why this little design ditty isn’t inverted; the heart of any product design lies in its Functional Model.  This decision determines which capabilities the product will deliver to the end user; a … Continue reading

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Scoring alternatives – keep it simple

The evaluation of alternatives in a decision should be a simple process that unlocks many insights.  Effective scoring begins with a clear definition of criteria.  Each criterion (factor, stakeholder goal) represents an arrow or vector in the direction of “goodness”.  Scoring is … Continue reading

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