Every decision has a time-context (planning horizon) that’s important to understand. Even though decisions are fundamental questions/issues that demand an answer/solution (and in a sense, last forever), their alternatives (answers, solutions) have a limited “good-for” period in which they create value in the real world. Alternatives become obsolete or a competitive liability; they must be replaced.
Decision management is a complex, “moving train” problem. Every decision evolves or “turns over” at its own rate, so a Decision Breakdown Structure for a business strategy or product portfolio is really a network of asynchronous moving parts with a “mind of their own”. Unless proactive thinking is applied to keep decisions/alternatives aligned, entropy will rule and your strategy will naturally fall apart into disconnected and ineffective pieces. Most organizations don’t manage their decisions formally and holistically; their ad hoc processes fail to “Manage Decisions over Time“. Or they have a strategic roadmapping process, but it’s decoupled from their real decision-making process.
Here are some common “Failure to manage decisions over time” defects that I’ve encountered:
- Next state of a decision not anticipated – solution gap results
- Full idea to opportunity critical path not managed – solutions delayed
- Knowledge from previous state of a decision not leveraged or misapplied
- Criteria inconsistent with time-context of the decision
You can cure these defects with an integrated decision management and roadmapping process. Decision patterns can help you identify and frame your high-priority strategic decisions. Integrated tools within the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) can help you fast-forward your decisions to think about their future states and link and time-align (synchronize) the answers across multiple decisions.
You can manage your decision roadmaps within the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF). Please contact the Decision Driven® Solutions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to start your free trial of DDSF.