Monthly Archives: August 2008

Stop the brain drain

As Baby Boomers retire in increasing numbers, there’s an amazing wealth of knowledge that will be lost from many successful organizations.  In some cases, this matters little – an industry may be experiencing rapid technology change or significant business model … Continue reading

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Visible assumptions

When folks don’t know what to call something or where it fits in the scheme of things, they tend to throw it into a big bucket or list of assumptions.  This happens most frequently when they are attempting to understand … Continue reading

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Trade studies

If you have worked as or with a systems engineer from the Defense and Aerospace industries, you have very likely heard the term “trade study” used to describe a type of design analysis and the white paper or report that … Continue reading

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Control requirements volatility with decision baselines

Requirements volatility is one of the classical problems encountered in systems engineering and new product development.  Changes in requirements that occur or are discovered after the design has started can lead to costly delays, rework, project cancellation or even failures … Continue reading

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Every decision is an oppportunity to innovate

I’m driven to innovate; I’m always asking “How could this be done or made better?”.  Most of my innovations have come in the area of methods – improving how individuals or groups think to create the future. I naturally see patterns; … Continue reading

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Decision patterns as a consulting services differentiator

Although I’m somewhat biased, I believe decision patterns are the ultimate differentiator for anyone who offers consulting services. Decision patterns are a form of high-level knowledge capture and reuse; they distill out the essence of the thinking that has worked … Continue reading

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Pareto’s Law applied to decisions

When I demonstrate the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) web application, I sometimes get pushback when folks see the Decision Management windows/tools/panels: Criteria: Seeds the decision with proven pattern of ~10 factors to consider; enables the user to define their … Continue reading

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