Big Ideas: Decision Management

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.

Big-Ideas

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:

  1. DECISIONS CREATE YOUR FUTURE!

    Manage them explicitly, holistically and proactively

  2. THERE IS A PATTERN OF DECISIONS BEHIND EVERY STRATEGY, DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE AND LIFE

    Expose this pattern and take control

  3. DECISIONS ARE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS/ISSUES THAT DEMAND ANSWERS/SOLUTIONS

    Start your project with a Decision Breakdown Structure

  4. PROJECT ACCELERATION REQUIRES PARALLEL DECISION-MAKING

    Manage decision interactions and dependencies

  5. ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE DERIVED REQUIREMENTS

    Manage decision-to-requirement traceability

  6. EVERY TASK IN A PROJECT PLAN EITHER INFORMS A DECISION OR REALIZES AN ALTERNATIVE

    Manage decision-to-plan traceability

  7. DECISIONS CREATE RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

    Jump on them at the point of decision for maximum control

  8. MODELS INFORM DECISIONS

    Model wisely to improve decision quality and confidence

  9. ROADMAPS ARE DECISIONS PUT TO TIME

    Fast-forward to control your future

  10. ALL FAULTS ARE DECISION FAULTS

    Fix them forever; trace root cause to missing, poorly made or poorly implemented decisions

  11. 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.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help: solutions@decisiondriven.com

Look for follow-on posts as I delve more deeply into how to apply these principles.

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