Because Decision Management (DM) is not widely recognized as a first-tier management or technical process, I often have to restate the Big Ideas on which DM is based.
For each idea (assertion of a truth that I’ve found useful), I’ve provided a “So what?” handle that shows the first step towards leveraging the idea to create new value in your world. Here’s my current list:
DECISIONS CREATE YOUR FUTURE!
Manage them explicitly, holistically and proactively
THERE IS A PATTERN OF DECISIONS BEHIND EVERY STRATEGY, DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE AND LIFE
Expose this pattern and take control
DECISIONS ARE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS/ISSUES THAT DEMAND ANSWERS/SOLUTIONS
Start your project with a Decision Breakdown Structure
PROJECT ACCELERATION REQUIRES PARALLEL DECISION-MAKING
Manage decision interactions and dependencies
ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE DERIVED REQUIREMENTS
Manage decision-to-requirement traceability
EVERY TASK IN A PROJECT PLAN EITHER INFORMS A DECISION OR REALIZES AN ALTERNATIVE
Manage decision-to-plan traceability
DECISIONS CREATE RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Jump on them at the point of decision for maximum control
MODELS INFORM DECISIONS
Model wisely to improve decision quality and confidence
ROADMAPS ARE DECISIONS PUT TO TIME
Fast-forward to control your future
ALL FAULTS ARE DECISION FAULTS
Fix them forever; trace root cause to missing, poorly made or poorly implemented decisions
DECISION MAKING IS A SKILL, NOT A TALENT
Provide the tools to make your decision makers excel!
While I’ve written lots of posts that address these topics, I thought it would be useful for you to see them in one place. Like any system, the real power of ideas comes with their combinations (the synergies among them) and their application. I challenge you to take anyone one, pair or trio of these ideas and run an experiment to unlock their potential in your world.
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Look for follow-on posts as I delve more deeply into how to apply these principles.