Restructuring of decision patterns

I’ve have just released a new version of Decision Driven® Strategy and Decision Driven® Life with Decision and Criteria Clipboards.  I added these capability to enable users to have greater flexibility when adapting decision patterns to their specific circumstances.

Over the years, I’ve discovered that every business strategy or product design is comprised of substantially the same set of decisions (fundamental questions that demand an answer/solution).  These decisions tend to be organized into a structure that is also highly predictable; they form a rich pattern.  However, no pattern is perfect; the exceptions prove the rule.  To support these variations, I’ve added nearly unlimited flexibility to reorganize the decisions that are created from the standard patterns to match your unique circumstances.

I’ve implemented these capabilities as a Decision Clipboard that enables the user to copy-paste a decision anywhere within their decision model.  There is also a cut (a decision + its children), then paste capability to enable movement of entire decision branches around within the model.  A Criteria Clipboard has also been added to enable copy of selected (or all) criteria between two decisions.  That way users can more conveniently harvest lessons learned from one decision and reapply them on a similar decision.

Of course, with flexibility comes additional responsibility.  There are 3 types of decisions within the basic pattern:

  • Single answer: e.g. technology decisions in which a single alternative will be implemented as “the” solution
  • Multiple answer: portfolio decisions for which multiple alternatives may be implemented in parallel
  • Multi-part answer: decisions where the alternatives are architectures or models comprised of interacting elements.

The latter 2 decision types are the natural “fan-out” points within the decision pattern; points at which the answers in the parent decision determine the number and naming of the child decision branches.   Before you restructure the decision pattern too wildly, it’s best to think through the standard pattern and discern where/why these branch are located.  Even better, send me an email and request some pattern tailoring and harvesting consulting services.

John Fitch

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