Failure to manage decision consequences

Everyone believes that decisions have consequences, but many fail to proactively manage them.  You can make a great decision, select a great alternative and still fail during execution.  Here are a few examples of common “failure to follow-through” decision faults:

  • Next phase requirements inconsistent with upstream decision results (derived requirements lost, not traced to downstream baseline)
  • MUST limits (Threshold values) not balanced among decisions – failure to systematically manage shared budgets
  • Cross-constraints not recognized between parallel decisions – decision inconsistencies not detected
  • Significant risks and opportunities not addressed with timely actions
  • Alternatives implemented do not match those evaluated and selected for implementation

Every decision that you make creates new requirements that should be captured and factored into future decisions.  Every decision selects a virtual alternative that must be implemented (made real) through a set of actions/tasks.  Almost all decisions “create” new risks that should be mitigated and opportunities that should be grown/exploited.  Failure to address these consequences in a timely and consistent manner can result in the failure of even a brilliant decision.

Most businesses treat requirements management, project management, risk management and opportunity management as distinct processes that operate on their own timing, independently of their decision processes (if they have decision processes at all).  Decisions create the future and you’ll be most effective at realizing the future you want if you manage these processes as an integral part of each decision you make.

Manage the consequences of your decisions within the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) to drive successful decision execution. Please contact the Decision Driven® Solutions team at or to start your free trial of DDSF.

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