Category Archives: Big Ideas

A foundation for great thinking

Last week I was asked what I do for a living. Rather than give a long explanation concerning Decision Management and Systems Engineering consulting, I went with the short version, “I teach people how to think” and followed it tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading

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Transform your thinking

Really important changes start in our minds.  If you are attempting to transform your business, create disruptive innovations or make a significant difference in some grand challenge, you will most likely be limited by your fundamental thinking skills.  That’s not … Continue reading

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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. For each idea (assertion of a truth that I’ve found useful), I’ve … Continue reading

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Balancing factors for situation success

I’ve been blessed in life with the opportunity to tackle a diverse set of me-stretching challenges.  Perhaps I sought these out by saying “Yes, I can do that!” a bit hastily, but I’ve never considered a perceived-by-others failure to be … Continue reading

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Ultimately Lean Innovation

Think for a second about what the ultimately lean innovation process might look like: Attack the right problem: Use a proven criteria pattern to evaluate your portfolio of problems to solve and select the problems that will yield the greatest … Continue reading

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Value is created one decision at a time

I have been thinking a lot recently about how value is created for any business or enterprise.  These thoughts were triggered as I was updating the decision patterns available in the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) and also discussing our … Continue reading

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All faults are decision faults

Continuous process improvement methods use problem analysis (root cause analysis) to identify and confirm the cause-effect relationships that lead to defects.  You cannot take effective corrective action until you understand the root cause of a process defect. Your current process or situation … Continue reading

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