Rapid problem framing through decision patterns

The Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) was unveiled in June 2014 at the INCOSE International Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.  The enhanced capabilities of DDSF include a pattern copy/paste feature in the Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) tool. This function enables users to have great 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, the pattern Copy-Paste function adds nearly unlimited flexibility to reorganize the decisions that are created from the standard patterns to match your unique circumstances.

The user can now seed their project/product decisions with all or part of the decision pattern by using either Copy or Copy Branch in the pattern module and Pattern Paste in the Decisions module. Each decision in the pattern may also include a criteria pattern that represents the typical factors that should be considered when evaluating alternatives for this decision. The Copy – Pattern Paste operation builds a pattern traceability link to the decision so that these criteria will be available to jump-start the evaluation (Make Decision) process. This capability enables users to 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 branches are located.  Even better, send an email to solutions@decisiondriven.com to request some pattern tailoring and harvesting consulting services.

You can try out the pattern copy-paste feature along with other powerful capabilities of the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF). Please contact the Decision Driven® Solutions team at trial@decisiondriven.com or solutions@decisiondriven.com to start your free trial of DDSF.

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